Teen Explorers Program In "the News"...
This is a great way to build up community spirit and support... ya Right! :mad:
Teens Allegedly Molested In Police Explorers Program
POSTED: 7:28 a.m. EDT June 25, 2003 http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/2292129/detail.html
A Boy Scouts' program designed to give young people a close-up look at police work is coming under fire.
A report says at least a dozen teenagers assigned to work with police departments as part of the Law Enforcement Explorers program have allegedly been sexually abused by officers during the past year.
In the past five years, such molestations number at least 25, according to research by two Nebraska criminologists being released Wednesday.
Law Enforcement Explorers is a co-ed program affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. The broader scouts Exploring program also places 14-to-20-year-olds with firefighters, medical providers, lawyers and others to learn about those careers.
Boy Scouts of America officials say they're surprised and concerned to learn of the alleged incidents. Sponsors have promised reforms to the program, which attracts tens of thousands of teens annually.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.