PLEASANTVILLE, NJ (April 25, 2017) – Nearly 50 volunteers of all ages came out to the Pleasantville Recreation Center on Saturday, April 22 to join the Pleasantville Police Explorers, along with the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF), in keeping Pleasantville clean and green.
The groups worked around the city to pick up litter, repaint community buildings and more. The groups were comprised of members of the community, including Boy Scout Troop 26, local law enforcement and city officials.
“I grew up in Pleasantville, so having the opportunity to invest in the youth of this city through events like this is important,” said Pleasantville Police Lt. James Williams. “I want these kids to know we’re here to be their friends. We want to see them do the best they can.”
After the cleanup, everyone gathered at the Pleasantville Recreation Center for lunch where community leaders thanked and encouraged the participants, including Chaplain Rich Young, former United States Marine Corps Chaplain and current Pleasantville Police Department Chaplain.
“These kids are making choices right now that will determine who they become when they’re 18 or 20 years old,” said Young. “Their decision to be here today tells me they are on the right track.”
The Police Explorers program is seeking new members and donations to help further its hands-on training of youths as future law enforcement officers and good citizens. To get involved or make a donation, call Pleasantville Police Captain James Williams at 609-484-3648.
About the Pleasantville Police Explorers Program:
Pleasantville’s Police Explorers Program welcomes young men and women who have completed the sixth grade, up to age 20, who are interested in a career in law enforcement or the criminal justice system. Youths train alongside Pleasantville police officers and participate in drills and competitions designed to teach practical law enforcement techniques, character development, respect for law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism. For more information, call Pleasantville Police Captain James Williams at 609-484-3648.