State police Explorer Scouts honored SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield


January 22, 1993|By KATHY SUTPHIN

State police Tfc. Jim Emerick has nothing but good things to say about the 13 young adults in Carroll County who volunteered more than 1,622 hours of service to our community last year as members of Explorer Post 56.

Trooper Emerick is adviser to the post, which works with state police at the Westminster barracks. The post, a co-ed, career-oriented program focused on law enforcement, operates in cooperation with the Boy Scouts of America of the Baltimore Area Council.

"In essence, it's a volunteer program," said Trooper Emerick, who said it began in August of 1989. "We're the only Maryland State Police program."

Post members were honored this month for their volunteer hours and were recognized for commendations they earned through the Explorer program. Trooper Emerick said their official hours of community service do not include time they spent in training or at meetings, which could easily double the totals.

The participants include Chris Combs, Brad Cornwell, Charles Dalton, Becky Dorn, Tom Gordon, Eric Helm, Jerry Immler, Mike Knight, Chris Long, Paul Merkel, Brian Pearre, Sean Shifflett and Kristy Watson.

Four troopers from the barracksand two former Explorers who are over age 21 work with Trooper Emerick as advisers in the Post 56 program.

"I enjoy it," said Trooper Emerick, a state police trooper for nearly 20 years. "The biggest majority of the time, they make my job easier."

Teens selected for Post 56 membership have the unique opportunity to experience many facets of a law enforcement career under the supervision of police advisers. Members who earn privileges through attendance at meetings and events are eligible to ride on police calls, direct traffic and act as the eyes and ears of the state police at local events.

While other Explorer programs are open to youths beginning at age 14, teen-agers cannot apply for membership in Post 56 until three months before their 16th birthday.

Membership "has to be selective because of the danger and responsibility," said Trooper Emerick.

Candidates for Explorer Post 56 must have good school records and keep a "C" average while they're in the program or they are placed on "academic leave," he said. Background checks are done on all applicants, and members must join the Volunteers In Police Support program, which gives them unlimited coverage under the state's Worker's Compensation law.

Explorer Post 56 meets every other Wednesday at the Westminster barracks. Meetings last about two hours, and the group participates in fund-raisers such as selling pizzas and candy to help pay the program's expenses, Trooper Emerick said. The uniform consists of a hat, jacket and shirt, and members are expected to supply pants, black shoes or boots and a black belt.

There is room in the program for new members, and Trooper Emerick said the advisers have considered having two platoons -- for north and south Carroll County. Interested persons may see Post 56 in action during the Ag Show at Cranberry Mall on Feb. 5-6, where they will promote all-terrain vehicle safety.

Information: Trooper Emerick, 410-876-8956, or Sgt. Steven Reynolds, 410-848-3111.


South Carroll High School's Key Club members will be serving plates of palate-pleasing pasta from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow in the school cafeteria, 1300 West Old Liberty Road in Winfield.

Adviser Cindy Perouty-Byrne said the fund-raising spaghetti dinner will feature the products of LaStrada Groceria in Westminster. The event's menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad with choice of dressing, fresh Italian bread and choice of beverages.

The cost of the dinner will be $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and South Carroll students, $3 for children under 12 and free for the "under 5" crowd.

Proceeds from tomorrow's dinner will help the South Carroll Key Club attend the 1993 convention in April.

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