Jason Perkins has been involved with Garden Grove Police Explorer Post 1020 since 1999. Jason has always been a proponent of youth development and has promoted this through a “farm system” process within the Garden Grove Police Department. With the philosophy of starting early education of Explorers in the future of police work, educating them to the importance of strong ethics and how those ethics relate to getting hired as a police officer, along with the basic knowledge of law.
Jason and the Garden Grove Police Department are delivering a program that prepares Explorers of Post 1020 for a future career in law enforcement. He takes Explorers on ride-alongs and teaches them the proper procedures as they would be taught and evaluated in the academy. Jason works hard to reinforce the importance of education and has helped Explorers find tutoring assistance to ensure their grades are maintained.
He currently holds the post position of Senior Advisor and is responsible for the administrative responsibilities for the program. Jason’s dedication to the program is shown by the fact that the Explorers themselves have nominated Jason as the Post’s Advisor of the Year on three occasions.
His dedication does not stop with Garden Grove’s Post alone though. Jason has been involved with the Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association Explorer Academy since 2001. He has been a tactical officer for the Explorer Academy and has left an indelible mark on the trainees. He is the advisor that the director staff will place new advisors with to learn how to properly deal with the academy.
Jason was recently documented on televisions CBS Good Morning America for his efforts in youth development as an advisor within Garden Grove’s Post. He also supports every Explorer he has ever met, keeping in contact with his academy squads over the year and wanting to know of their successes. Jason has flown to numerous states to attend academy graduations of former explorers not only from Garden Grove but explorers he met as their tactical officer. Without question, much of the success of Garden Grove’s program is due to Jason’s hard work and dedication. Congratulations, Jason!