The Town of Matthews Police Department recently held a ceremony to honor the achievements of this year’s Police Explorers Post 510. Police Explorers is a program offered through the Boy Scouts and the Matthews Police Department to teenagers, ages 14-20. High school seniors Derrius Cain and Malcolm McGuinness were recognized for their service to the group.

The group meets every other week to learn about careers in law enforcement and to complete community service projects in the Town. They receive hands-on experience and are taught by Matthews Police Officers. Students this year are from Butler, Independence, and Porter Ridge High Schools as well as home school programs.

“The students who are involved in our Explorer program are fantastic. They are eager to learn and participate in all of our activities. One student, Matthews Winfrey, has graduated from high school, and is now enrolled in the Basic Law Enforcement Training Course at South Piedmont Community College and plans to be a police officer when he graduates,” said Don Warren, Matthews Police Officer and Advisor for the Explorer Program.

Students who participated in the program this year were:
Irma Sefer, Chelsea Karpeh, Sarah Barman, Laura Hayes, Courtni Barrett, Cassidy Smith, Dajai Davis, Brian Colitti, Matthew Winfrey, Isaiah Ragan-Johnson, Derrius Cain, John Comstock, Don Warren, IV, Tius Ragan-Johnson, Malcolm McGuinness, Joseph Moody and Eric Barrett.