Local business, Zach’s Transmissions, made a donation to the Longmont Police Explorers (LPE).
LPE is a group of young adults, ages 14-20, who are interested in the field of law enforcement.
Zach’s Transmissions is owned by Zach Evans and managed by Nicholas Harris. The two heard about the Police Explorer program while receiving a Citizen Service Citation for helping people in the community with car repairs. The shop donated the time it takes to repair vehicles for families who can’t afford it and have been referred by the Longmont Police Department. The parts needed are often donated by local shops.
After hearing what the Police Explorer program does, the two thought it would be a great program to donate money to.
“I chose the Explorer program because being a police officer is not an easy job, it is not a glorious job, it is a lot of hard work, putting your life on the line every day for the betterment of the community. It is not a job everyone wants to do,” says Evans.
Harris stated that “in today’s environment it is nice to see young adults who want to get into law enforcement with people’s attitudes about law enforcement, they are either supportive or they are against law enforcement,” as a reason for supporting the program.
The donation was $250 and will be used to “purchase uniforms, equipment, and other items necessary to providing training for the young adults involved in the program,” says Police Explorer Sponsor Officer Melinda Burnett.
The Explorers seek donations throughout the year to cover the costs of uniforms, training, and entry to competitions. These donations from local businesses and residents allow the Explorers the opportunity to spend more time in the classroom preparing for competitions as well as volunteering at events such as Unity in the Community and Longmont Symphony’s 4th of July performance.
On August 22, the Longmont Police Explorers presented a plaque to Zach’s Transmission to show their appreciation for the support. Both Evans and Harris were there to accept the award.
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