Safeguards in place to protect youth explorers

This photo from TrumbullPoliceCadets.com shows Officer William Ruscoe at the Connecticut Police Memorial in 2012. (Photo: TrumbullPoliceCadets.com)

MANCHESTER, Conn. (WTNH)– News 8 wanted to learn more about the youth explorer or cadet program and what goes into making sure the kids in that program are safe.

“We’ve got some number markers here where they can lay out and mark the evidence,” said Officer Adam Marois.

On the first floor of the Manchester police department, there was a crime scene in the meeting room.

There was a bloody shoe print leaving the scene here, shell casings, a gun, and bandages are all over the floor.

“They’re going to process this from start to finish,” said Marois.

Don’t worry, no one was hurt, rather it was just an example of how officers at this department mentor youth involved in their explorers program.

“There’s teamwork, you know teamwork is number one and police work,” said Marois.

Officer Adam Marois, himself a former explorer, oversees the explorers group in the city and he says in the wake of an alleged sexual assault that occurred between an officer and a participant of a similar program in Trumbull, people need to remember that overall the course does a lot of good for many all over the state.

“It kind of shaped me to be a more outspoken person and it definitely helped me out in the long run even with my career now,” said Marois.

And he also says there are safeguards in place at many departments, like in Manchester, that aim to protect participants

“There aren’t supposed to be any relationships between advisers and explorers. When we’re at an event or meeting there has to be at least two advisers at all times. We’re also overseen by the Boy Scouts of America or the learning for life office in East Hartford, and they have rules and regulations also,” said Marois.

One of the parts Officer Marois says explorers enjoy doing most is getting the chance to go on patrol with members of the force. Even in those situations we’re told the safety of the explorer is still the first priority.

“We keep explorers our of harms way,” said Marois.

In Manchester there are currently around 21 explorers and this September Officer Marios says they’re planning to sign up even more.

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