The Police Department participates in the
Boy Scouts of America program called "Learning for Life
Police Exploring". Since our program emphasizes municipal
law enforcement, we call our scouts "Police Explorers".
In order to join the program in Union City, the applicant must
be at least 14 years old; have an interest in law enforcement;
have no criminal history and maintain a 2.0 grade point average
in school. The Explorer Post fluctuates between 10 and 25 Police
Explorers. Many have gone on to careers in law enforcement.
Currently, fifteen former Explorers hold positions with the
Union City Police Department.
The Explorers attend weekly meetings and
receive training in various law enforcement subjects. Each Explorer
rides along with a Union City police officer once a month. Some
Explorers are provided the opportunity to attend a one-week
Explorers assist police officers with controlling traffic at parades and other special events, perform various administrative duties for the Traffic Section, Patrol Section, Investigations Sections, Personnel and Training Section, Community Oriented Policing Unit, Records and Communications.
The Explorers gain valuable experience by
running their own post. The post is administered by an Explorer
staff consisting of one Explorer captain, one lieutenant, and
several sergeants. The Explorer staff is responsible for organizing
the Explorer events, assigning Explorers to assist in different
projects, and the day-to-day operations of the Post. Explorers
advisors are Sergeant Steve Mendez, Officer Joseph Cota, Officer Heather Lockett and Officer Michael Brunicardi.
Anyone interested in joining the post can
obtain an application in the lobby of the Union City Police
Department, or contact one of the advisors at (510) 471-1365.