News Release
July 16, 2008
Contact: DEA Public Affairs

Law Enforcement Explorers to Hold National Conference
4,000 Youths will Travel to Fort Collins; Colorado Governor to Give Keynote Address

JUL 16 --(WASHINGTON) – 4,000 Law Enforcement Explorers representing all 50 states will travel to Fort Collins, CO. July 20-25 th to take part in the group’s 16 th biennial national conference.

The week-long conference will take place on the campus of Colorado State University and will feature several team competitions including arrest and search techniques, crime scene investigation, bomb threat response, and hostage negotiations. Seminars on gang violence, psychological profiling, effective communication, narcotics trafficking and interdiction, and border protection are also planned.

Law Enforcement Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are 14-20 years old. Law Enforcement Explorer posts around the country help youth to gain insight into a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities. For young men and women who are interested in careers in the field of law enforcement, Exploring offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. will be giving the keynote address, and several high-ranking officials from the ATF, FBI, DEA, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Marshals Service and Secret Service will take part in the conference.

Media interested in covering any portion of the conference should contact David Ausiello (DEA Public Affairs) at (202) 386-4914.