About The Post
Pinellas Park Police Law Enforcement Explorer Post is a preeminent career orientation and experience program for young people contemplating a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system. Our mission is to offer young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition, and other activities. Law Enforcement Exploring is a division of the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life Program. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.
Our post has been in operation since 1983. Founded by Retired Chief of Police Dorene Thomas, the post has seen many explorers come and go. However, the department has welcomed many former explorers with open hands. Ofc. Daniel Butterworth, Det. Cpl. Brian Fey, Cpl. Michael Linquist, Cpl. John Shea, Ofc. Patricia Fiedler, Ofc. Shaun Grantham, Det. Christopher Ryan, Sergeant Adam Geissenberger and Sergeant Brian Unmisig were all former Explorers. Officers’ D. Butterworth, B. Fey, M. Linquist, and J. Shea in fact were Explorers in Post 912.
Explorer Post #912 currently has 22 active members as of May 2014. There are 12 Post advisors, to include the Chief of Police, who oversees all the training, meetings, and interactions within the community with the Explorers. Post 912 is thankful for the City of Pinellas Park and the Pinellas Park Police Department for sponsoring and supporting the post.
What Explorers Do?
CompetitionWe participate in multiple local and state competitions.
Florida State CompetitionThis year, Post #912 placed overall third place in State Competition, and placed top three in multiple law enforcement categories.
ServiceWe donate our time and volunteer many hours to support our agency and community
Community ServiceOur explorer post volunteers hundreds of hours in community clean up events and support several non-profit events, like the Pinellas Park Holiday Parade, Holiday in the Park, and Bark in the Park.
SupportWe provide support for various functions of the Pinellas Park Police Department.
Assistance When NeededThroughout the year, the post assisted the police department with training and various other functions of the agency, including recent active shooter scenarios, SWAT Team / Hostage scenarios, and much more.
TrainingWe are students which learn through classroom and scenario training
Law Enforcement TrainingThe post receives training for preparation of competitions and a future in law enforcement. Topics include Traffic Stops, Traffic Crash Investigations, Defensive Tactics, and Firearms, to name a few.
DevelopmentPolice Exploring develops life long skills which follows them to adulthood.
Personal DevelopmentPolice Explorer develop Academic Skills, Self-Confidence, Ethics, Leadership Skills, and Citizenship Skills.
MeetingsPolice Explorers are required to participate in weekly meetings.
Weekly MeetingsExplorers meet on a weekly basis. Explorers learn about different police functions, including: drug enforcement, crime scene investigation, CPR, traffic stops, traffic investigations.
Pinellas Park Police Explorer Post #912 is composed of two Youth Services Detectives who supervise and organize the daily activities and function of the explorer post. The post has a Captain, Lieutenants, Sergeants, Corporals, and Explorers, which mimic the command structure of the police department.
Detective Dimaculangan has been serving the Pinellas Park Police Department since 2003.
Detective Tippett has been serving the Pinellas Park Police Department since 1999.
Captain Bohannan has been with Pinellas Park Police Explorer Post 912 since 2010.