courtesy of Mid-Hudson news - 1/4/2020

Hudson Valley Credit Union Wellness Fair 2019

Dutchess County Explorer members receive certification - POUGHKEEPSIE –


The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office PBA, with the support of Sheriff Butch Anderson, launched the Law Enforcement Explorer Program, Post 108 in September and it has already been deemed a success by all involved.  Sheriff Anderson’s deputies have been donating several hours of their own time as instructors and the teenagers are learning about all aspects of law enforcement thanks to their efforts.

The Law Enforcement Explorer Program is a nationwide program chartered through the Boy Scouts of America and Learning for Life. The youth program is offered by hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country and has been credited with creating a positive relationship between law enforcement and the community while providing hands-on training and experience in the field of law enforcement to young people in our area.

Locally, the program is sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America Hudson Valley Council and Learning for Life. It is open to high school students who are in good standing in their school and community, with a clean criminal history, who have a desire to learn more about law enforcement while exploring potential career opportunities in the criminal justice system.

The Dutchess program was initiated by Deputy Jeff Cohen with the assistance of Deputies Joe Wasilewski, Alonzo Montanya, Blake Williams, and others.  The recruitment call in September resulted in 34 cadets in the program.  The cadets meet twice a month, usually on Monday evenings, and have been teaching the high-schoolers about the core functions of policing, including criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, and crime scene processing. The hands-on classes and demonstrations will be supplemented by classroom type instruction and field trips. Each session will be taught by highly trained professionals and certified instructors from the sheriff’s office.

On a special Saturday gathering of 21 members of the class, the cadets were given the opportunity to receive certification in first aid, CPR, and AED applications provided by Rosemarie Williams of LearnHeartLove, with the assistance of Deputy Williams and his colleagues