An Explorer program for teen-agers interested in careers in law enforcement has been approved by the City Council.
The council unanimously endorsed Police Chief David Barr's request for authorization for the program earlier this month. Barr told the council that Boy Scout executives have been working with the Police Department to help launch a city-sponsored Explorer Post.
Barr noted that La Palma formerly sponsored an Explorer Post, but it folded in the late 1970s because of declining interest among young people. In recent years, Barr added, there has been an increase in interest among teen-agers.
"Beginning about four years ago, we began to notice a resurgence of interest by area young people in Police Service Exploring, and just recently Boy Scout executives handed us a roster of 177 names of Kennedy and Cypress high school students who expressed an interest in Police Service Exploring in recent surveys," Barr said.