Youngsters participating in the newly formed Police Explorers received firearms safety and marksmanship training recently at the Newport Rifle Club. Started last winter by Officer Gregory Belcher of the Newport Police, the program is open to boys and girls 14 to 20 from all over the state who are interested in law enforcement.

After completing the training, each of the six participants received a certificate from the National Rifle Association. The Police Explorers are a nonscouting subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. For information about the Police Explorers, contact Officer Belcher, or 401-845-5864.

The Newport Rifle Club provided the firearm, ammunition, targets and one-on-one coaching by National Rifle Association certified instructors free of charge. The club has offered free firearms safety and marksmanship training for area youth through various programs for nearly 35 years.

Boys and girls eight to 16 who are interested in learning to shoot are welcome to stop by the Newport Rifle Club the second and third Friday of every month beginning at 7 p.m., 360 Wyatt Road, Middletown, for free training.