IMPD Explorer Program open house Tuesday night

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (September 15, 2015) – The Indianapolis Metro Police Department hopes to inspire young people to consider careers in law enforcement. The IMPD Explorer Program is hosting an open house Tuesday night.

The program allows kids to work side by side with officers to gain a better understanding of the requirements of the job. The explorers go through training and assist IMPD at big events with things like traffic control.

IMPD hopes to continue expanding the program. Last year, there were 20 explorers. This year, the number of participants is up to 37.

One explorer said the program is teaching her essential skills for her future career.

“This is something that is training me and helping me become the police officer I want to be when I grow up,” said Heidi Gatliff, an Explorer. “I’ve always had a passion and want to be in law enforcement. My dream is to be a police officer when I’m 21.”

The open house is at the Indiana World War Memorial Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

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