Concert proceeds to help buy uniforms, equipment

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Proceeds from the James Rogers concert on Sept. 14 will enable Kingston Police Explorers Post 376 to purchase uniforms and needed equipment, adviser Larry Cox said.

Cox and Cathy Rakestraw are Kingston police officers who oversee the Explorers’ daily activities.

The post is made up of youths whose ages range from 14-20. They are a part of the Boy Scouts of America and work partly under their guidelines.

The post is involved in all kinds of community service for the city of Kingston,” Cox said. “They are part of the Kingston Police Department, with Chief Jim Washam over the program.”

Cox said The Explorers train like the police reserves, receiving instruction in self-defense, report writing, drug education, weapons, police procedures and traffic control.

“They do this on a monthly basis and are very good at it,” Cox said.

The Explorers recently were awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for 1,100 hours of community service in a 12-month period.

“Our kids did it in eight months,” Cox said. “Post 376 is the only Explorer post in the state that has acheived this award.”

Members of the Explorers Post must keep up their grades in order to maintain membership.

“The kids join the Explorers because they, in the future, want to be a police officer, DCS (Department of Children’s Services) worker, child services, lawyer or be involved in the criminal justice system some way,” Cox said.