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Explorers See Law Enforcement as a Calling, Not a Cudgel.
Sgt. Yakeisha Hines is always watching.
When Ricardo Biddy's grades started to slip during his junior year at Largo High School, Hines encouraged the 17-year-old to try harder. When Brittany Hall, 18, needed to pass an English class or miss graduating from Largo High, Hines made sure the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 1696, which she oversees, paid for Hall to take a night class.
Biddy and Hall are among 30 students Hines mentors through the explorer program, which invites Prince George's youths ages 14 to 20 to help deputy sheriffs with routine duties, including fingerprinting children for identification cards at community events and posting eviction notices. The program has become a national model.
Last month, Hines, 33, was honored as the Law Enforcement Explorer Post Adviser of the Year by the National Sheriffs' Association in Salt Lake City for the tough love she dishes out. Hines has overseen the youth explorers since 2003 after the program was defunct for 15 years. Her charges spend nearly 30 hours per month learning from her, and she hopes some will pursue careers in law enforcement.
In exchange, Hines and other deputies help the youths stay on the right track.
"They actually get a better understanding of how hard it is to be a law enforcement officer," said Hines, who lives in Forestville. "They take it back to their peers. . . . I'm hoping it'll be infectious."
The program operates on a military model, with young explorers starting as privates and working up to captain. They have weekend and summer duties, including directing traffic and assisting with parking for events, such as Marlborough Day and the Boy Scouts Camporee.
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