D.E.A., Others to Recruit Teens at Fort Collins Conference

July 2008

Not surprisingly, I don't often get promotional e-mails from the Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration. Today I did, with the news that another convention will be taking place in Colorado just before the Democratic National Convention. It's the Law Enforcement Explorers.

Law Enforcement Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are 14-20 years old. Law Enforcement Explorer posts around the country help youth to gain insight into a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities. For young men and women who are interested in careers in the field of law enforcement, Exploring offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.

4,500 teens from all 50 states will be attending the conference. Details of the "fun-filled activities":

The week-long conference will take place on the campus of Colorado State University and will feature several team competitions including arrest and search techniques, crime scene investigation, bomb threat response, and hostage negotiations. Seminars on gang violence, psychological profiling, effective communication, narcotics trafficking and interdiction, and border protection are also planned.

Governor Bill Ritter will give the keynote address:

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. will be giving the keynote address, and several high-ranking officials from the ATF, FBI, DEA, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Marshals Service and Secret Service will take part in the conference.

More details on the conference are available here. [Cross-posted on TalkLeft.com]

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