July 11, 2018

National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference to draw nearly 2,000 to campus

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference will be held July 16-20 at Purdue.

Law Enforcement Exploring is a career orientation and experience program for young people contemplating a career in the field of criminal justice. The conference offers children and young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences and other activities.

This biennial event builds positive relationships and consistently guides people to work together for the good of their communities. Conferees focus on career opportunities, leadership experiences, life skills, citizenship and character education. In addition, they participate in multiple competitive activities including protocols, procedures, marksmanship, drill team, crisis negotiation and emergency response. Activities range from driving to a camper entertainment show, as well as individual events and formal opening and closing.

The Conference will draw 2,100 people to campus, including youth participants ages 12 to 20, adult counselors and law enforcement officers. Explorers will stay in air-conditioned halls and eat at dining courts.

As part of the Exploring family of programs through the Boy Scouts of America, NLEEC has one of the best Adult Volunteer/Youth Safety Training protocols in the camp industry. Along with the requirements of Purdue University, staff and volunteers coming to campus are well trained in youth safety, proper procedures, what to look for and mandatory reporting laws. The Purdue University support team includes Conferences, University Residences, Dining, Risk Management, the police and fire departments and Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office.

Law Enforcement Explorer Posts are sponsored by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Law Enforcement Exploring is a component of the Learning for Life program, a nonprofit organization that is a legally independent subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America.

NLEEC has been in existence since 1959. 

Writer: Kelsey Schnieders Lefever, kschnied@purdue.edu 

Source: Carol Shelby, senior director of environmental health and public safety, cshelby@purdue.edu

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