The township's new Law Enforcement Explorers Program got a financial shot in the arm this week with the help of a local restaurateur.
Bob Halgas, owner of Caf Madison, invited Police Chief Paul Tursi and Burlington County Council of the Boy Scouts executive Dan Templar to the upscale eatery on Lafayette Street to personally hand over a $1,500 donation to assist the Police Department in kicking off the new program for township teens.
"This is a great boost to get the program moving," Tursi said.
The Riverside Police Department established the Explorers program in April as a way to offer teenagers an educational opportunity to learn about law enforcement as a possible career.
"They will learn about the many aspects of law enforcement," Tursi said. "It's great for people interested in a career in law enforcement."
The program will be part of the Burlington County Council of the Boy Scouts of America's Explorer program. Currently, there are 14 Explorers programs focused on a number of different professions in Burlington County, ranging from medical and fire to education.