LONDONDERRY — They are exploring a possible future career choice and serving the community at the same time.
Members of Londonderry Police Explorers Post 1137 gather regularly to fine tune precision drills and learn all about police work, but also find ways to make a difference in their community.
Explorers are affiliated with Boy Scouts of America and have been part of the Londonderry landscape for about three years.
The group includes of young men and women, ages 14 up to 20, who are interested in law enforcement or a potential military career.
But that's not a requirement to be part of the group.
Some are here for the friendship.
Londonderry police Officer Brad Warriner, also a Londonderry school resource officer, said it's a good group of young people who are learning a lot.
That includes his daughter, Kate, 15.
She said she gets an inside view of her father's line of work and appreciates what he does every day.
"I love how the program gives us insight about what it takes to be a police officer," she said.
"We do a lot of community service," Warriner said. "And a lot of traffic detail, like for Old Home Day. They will patrol and direct traffic."
Luke Scate, 17, said he may want to someday pursue a career in law enforcement or perhaps join the Air Force.
"I'm learning how to be a leader," he said. "And there's a lot of teamwork."
Warriner said he enjoys leading the group; he once was an Explorer. That formed his early views of his eventual career path while a junior in high school.
Explorers not only train with their drills and other community work, they also learn about ballistics by hearing from local experts from the police force who offer special presentations.
There are also competitions, Warriner said, where his Explorers will travel to other communities to work alongside other groups to compete in skill drills.
What they learn is important, he said. They are a team.
"They keep each other on their toes," Warriner said. "Most, but not all, are interested in a law enforcement career. This gives them a sense of belonging. You're part of the group.
He said parents and other volunteers also contribute a lot to the Explorers program.