By Stacey Bomser
The Broward Sheriff’s Office Police Services Academy is an extension of the Weston University program. About 20 students, ages 11 to 17, took part in the summer program exploring law enforcement services on an in-depth basis with hands-on exercises.
The Police Services Academy provides education and safety training, and exposes students to a variety of career paths within law enforcement. Deputy Kari Pallotto led the eight-week program which included tours of BSO SWAT, aviation and marine units. Students were also involved in a wide-range of activities and educational classes on topics such as: introduction to law enforcement; DIU/DARE; tours of BSO facilities; officer safety and introduction to defensive tactics; introduction to the legal system by the Broward State Attorney’s Office; crime scene investigations; patrol services; CPR certification; and internet safety.
For students interested in learning more about law enforcement during the school year, Weston BSO offers the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Explorers Program. It is for young men and women ages 14 -21. The program allows teens and young adults to interact with law enforcement and other community advisors in a serious, regimented atmosphere. Explorers will learn and experience lawful citizenship as they participate, side-by-side with certified BSO deputies, in ongoing training and community service projects.
Deputy Kevin Maccagli and Deputy Lynn Garibaldi lead Weston Post 44. Deputy Maccagli encourages students to consider joining the BSO Explorers program. “It is designed to bring out the leadership qualities in young adults. Many of the Explorers, past and present, do not want careers in law enforcement. They participate because they enjoy making new friends, learning new things, and giving back to the community.”
Weston Post 44 meets at Tequesta Trace Middle School on Thursday nights from 7-9pm, during the school year. For detailed program information and an on-line application, go to www.sheriff.org/about_bso/dle/explorers/index.cfm.