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The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is given a Boy Scout award

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard has announced that the Erie County Sheriff’s Office has been selected to receive the William H. Spurgeon Award from the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of Boy Scouts of America, in recognition of the accomplishments of the agency’s Explorer Scout Post No. 505.

This award, the highest recognition given to an organization by the Boy Scouts, recognizes the individuals who are devoted to the Exploring Program.

The Boy Scout’s Exploring Program is a “Learning for Life” curriculum that educates young adults interested in a law enforcement career path and furthers their knowledge of police science.

William Spurgeon III, for whom this award is named, was a business executive who served on the Boy Scouts National Council Executive Board and National Exploring Committee for many years. His efforts led to the present Exploring Program. He died in 1970 and the award was established in his memory, in 1971.

The award will be presented to the sheriff’s office at a dinner scheduled for May 1.

Erie County Sheriff’s Office explorer cadets must be between the ages of 14 and 21, have at least a C average in school and must be considered in good standing at their respective schools and in their communities.

For more information about the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program or to become a member, call Coordinator Gerard Sentz at 544-4839.

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