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Posted on: November 7, 2021

Trenton Police Department Launching Explorer Program for Youth Interested in Law Enforcement Careers

Trenton, N.J. – Acting Police Director Steve E. Wilson today announced that the TPD is bringing back its Explorer Program, which gives teenagers and young adults the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work in law enforcement while learning important life skills.

The TPD has scheduled open house information sessions for Nov. 6, 2021 and Nov. 20, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Both sessions are located at TPD Headquarters on 225 North Clinton Ave.

The program is open to teenagers age 14 and over who have completed the eighth grade and adults age 18 through 20. All applicants must live in Mercer County.

Full program descriptions and applications can be found at the links below and will be available at the information sessions. Completed applications can also be submitted to Detective Tamika N. Veal at All applications must be received by Dec. 3, 2021. 

The TPD program is a part of a nationally recognized career education program chartered through Learning for Life. Law Enforcement Exploring is a hands-on program open to young men and women who are interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system.

The program offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities. The program also promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism. For more information, visit

"We're really excited to bring this program back to the Capital City," said Director Wilson. "In fact, The Trenton Police Department in previous years won the N.J. State Youth Law Enforcement Competition. This is a great youth engagement tool and helps get more local residents excited about serving their community as law enforcement officers."

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