Colonie Police ExplorerPost 185 is a chartered organization of the Boy Scouts of America and is sponsored by the Colonie Police Department. It is comprised of young men and women who would like to learn more about a career in Law Enforcement. The Post membership includes their own command structure with ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain and all fall under the Police Department supervision of Lt. Robert Donnelly, Sgt. Dan Belles, Inv. Jason DePaulo and Officer David Mink. The Post meets twice each month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday.
At these meetings, after regular business is discussed, training sessions are held, often by the same instructors used to teach law enforcement officers at the Police Academy. Topics such as Forensics, Arson Investigation, Computer Crime and Juvenile Law are common, as well as how to handle Domestic calls, High Risk Traffic Stops and DWI checks.
The Post also performs community service on a regular basis, last year totaling more than 1800 hours at events such as the annual Youth Service Day, concerts at the Pruyn House, the CP Telethon, Special Olympics and many more.
It's not all work. The Post competes against other Police Posts at regular events called Stations Day, and also travels to Connecticut annually for a week long Explorer Academy.
To be a member, you must be 14 years old, have completed the 8th grade, maintain an 80 average in school and be in good standing in your community. For more information, you may call Officer David Mink at 783-2744 or visit www.colonieexplorers.org.