Any young person between the ages of 14 and 21 interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement now has a chance for a first-hand look in the field. The new Law Enforcement Explorer Post in Anna is an opportunity for a prospective youth to see what it takes to become a part of law enforcement.


The program is sponsored by the Anna Police Department and affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America organization. The organization does not focus on just teen male, it encourages both males and females to enroll.


Anna Police Chief Kenny Jenks said the reason for explorers is to give a prospective member an in-depth view. “We’ve begun the program to provide young adults with a personal, inside view of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities,” Jenks said.


Jenks also said the program is a good way to stimulate growth in the youth. “The Explorer Program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism, all traits that serve a law enforcement professional extremely well.”


The enrollment process for a potential member includes a personal interview by an adult sponsor, and a brief background check. The Anna Police Officers, and other law enforcement professionals, oversee all training, lectures and other learning activities.


Anna Police Officer Sergeant Josh DeVore has been instrumental in establishing the post and is serving as principal advisor to the group, the press release stated.


Chief Jenks said the post will soon begin practicing to be able to compete in the various law enforcement-based competitions presented at the local, regional, state, and national levels. The competitions put the team members in various real-life scenarios.


The teams must use the training and preparation taught to them during training to resolve the scenario. Part of the preparation might include fund-raising activities to cover the costs of travel and entry fees to the competition.


Jenks said the competitions are a vital part of the learning process. “The competitions are important because they provide opportunities for Explorers to see that police work is serious business,” Jenks said. “The participants also get to interact with other law enforcement Explorers from the area and beyond.”


Currently, the Anna Law Enforcement Explorer Post #8200 is comprised of seven explorers and seven adult advisors. Any interested individuals between 14 and 21 years of age should call 972-924-2848 or contact Sergeant Josh DeVore at jdevore@annatexas.gov.