The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s first explorer post was first chartered with the Boy Scouts of America on October 1, 1978 by Officer Paul Conner, who would later retire as Deputy Chief. 12 years earlier, in 1966 Connor was a member of LAPD’s program and saw it as a valuable resource to young adults. He felt a great debt of gratitude to those who helped him and wanted to give the same opportunity to young people in Las Vegas.
The first meeting was held at the old West Substation and began with about seven members with Richard Beasley and Guy Evans as founding members.
In 1979, Connor moved the post meetings to the new police academy at the East Substation when he was transferred from patrol to head the police academy. At that time, Sgt. Ken Caldwell was responsible for oversight of the program along with his other duties. Connor recruited Officer Richard Bilyeu to take over as head post advisor. Although no longer in charge of the program, Paul Connor continued to watch over and support the post as he rose up the chain of command, no matter where he was assigned. Connor stayed active in the Post and Scouting generally until retirement.
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