Kaitlyn Mills, 17, wants to pursue a career in federal law enforcement.
Japheth Gossage, 17, aims to become a police canine handler.
Nic Johnson, 16, dreams of serving in the Marine Corps before heading to a sheriff’s office.
These teens are learning about law enforcement in the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 63 program.
“It helps a lot because you have a general idea when you go to the academy,” said Gossage, the post captain.
The post is holding a fundraiser cookout from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday behind the sheriff’s office substation on Ronald Reagan Drive at Evans Town Center Boulevard.
Meals include a hamburger or hotdog, chips and drink for $5. Proceeds will pay for the post’s equipment, uniforms and travel expenses for competitions.
Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Adkins, who heads the program, said the post has 10 active members who test their skills against other Explorers in regional and national competitions.
The post, which meets at least twice monthly, is designed to introduce high school students to the fundamentals of law enforcement by observing daily operations of the sheriff’s office.
“The basics are the basics,” Lt. Mike Riley told the trio as they learned how to enter and clear a building last week at a sheriff’s office training facility.
Through the year-long program, Explorers participate in training and community service projects.
For more information, contact Deputy Chris Robertson at (706) 541-2051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.