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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Focus on Safety – Partnering with Scouting Groups


The Naperville Police Department is proud to partner with local Scouting groups to engage area youth with hands-on learning and achievement through badge advancement and our Explorer program. This partnership and programs are the highlight of this month’s Safer Naper campaign.

Over the years, NPD has helped thousands of local Scouts earn safety badges related to detective work, forensics, traffic safety, crime prevention and fingerprinting. In addition to the classes and workshops, local Scouts can also take a police department tour, which includes memorable activities like talking with an officer and visiting a jail cell.

For teens and young adults thinking of a career in law enforcement or criminal justice, the Naperville Police Department hosts an Explorer Post for young men and women ages 14-21. Participants gain practical hands-on experience and awareness of the criminal justice system. The Explorer program promotes personal growth through character development, teamwork, physical fitness, citizenship and respect for the law, while giving members the chance to “explore” careers in the many facets of law enforcement. Explorers also give back to the community by volunteering at community events such as the Public Safety Open House or annual paper shredding event.

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For more information on the Scouting programs, to book a Scout tour, or to join the Explorer Post, please visit www.naperville.il.us/asafernaper.

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Julie Smith
Julie Smith
Julie Smith is Crime Prevention Specialist at the Naperville Police Department. Contact her at SmithJu@naperville.il.us or (630) 305-5450.


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