FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - The National Law Enforcement Explorer Academy is coming to Fort Leonard Wood July 13 through 20.
Thirty young adults, ages 16 through 20, will have the opportunity to train with members of the U.S. Army Military Police School during the eight-day academy, hosted by the 701st MP Battalion. The academy is designed to provide practical training and leadership experience, as well as an exploration of careers within the Military Police Corps.
Explorers will participate in hands-on training to gain an understanding of military police work such as protective services, law enforcement and confinement operations, traffic and patrol incidents, and the military working dog program. They will experience daily military police life, including Physical Readiness Training, the Army Physical Fitness Test, field training exercises, barracks life and MREs (Meals Ready to Eat).
The week will culminate with a graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. July 19 on the MP Memorial Grove.
Explorers are selected from across the United States to attend the academy through a competitive application process that is reviewed by a board of senior law enforcement officials at the federal, state and local levels.
Fort Leonard Wood is one of four national academies to host the academy biannually.