Law Enforcement Exploring Program Named a Mutual of America 2011 Community Partnership Award Winner

New York City Program Helps Break Down Barriers Between Young Adults and Law Enforcement Officials

Nov 17, 2011, 10:37 ET from Mutual of America

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that the Law Enforcement Exploring Program was named a Merit Finalist of the 2011 Community Partnership Award competition.

Offered in conjunction with the New York Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, the Greater New York Councils, Boy Scouts of America Law Enforcement Exploring Program is a community service, career-oriented program designed to educate high school and college students about law enforcement. Giving back to the community is a big part of the program. The students involved, known as "Explorers," collectively perform approximately 65,000 hours of community service each year.

Every August, a select group of 175 Explorers participate in a two-week intensive program at Fordham University. They take part in daily physical training drills and simulation exercises and attend classes on topics taught by law enforcement officers. "A major goal of this program is to build relationships with young people in our community," says program director William Montanaro.

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 160 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award and the 2011 winners, visit

"All of the 2011 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."

About Mutual of America

Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit

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