About Post 616

The Roanoke Police Department established Explorer Post 616 on March 12, 1992. The Explorer Program enables youth to participate in many types of educational and recreational activities, allowing them to gain more perspective on the operations of the Police Department. Explorer's do not need to have a desire to pursue a career in law enforcement. The group meets weekly, and guest speakers discuss topics including:

Tactical Training

Basic Firearms Familiarization

Crime Scene Investigation

Radio Communications                                    

Report Writing

Crime Prevention

Traffic Direction and Investigation

Explorers also participate in community service projects. The requirements to be an Explorer include the following:
The applicant must be between 14 and 21 years of age. The applicant must be in the 9th grade. Each applicant must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0. The applicant must not have any arrest or conviction records for serious offenses. The applicant must be of good moral character.

Once an application is received, a background investigation will be conducted with local law enforcement and the school the applicant is attending. If the applicant is under 18 years of age, parental/guardian approval is required. Anyone requesting more information or an application should contact Sergeant J.V. Buzzo, III at (540) 853-2212, johnny.buzzo@roanokeva.gov  or e-mail the post at



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