Aspiring police officers do well in competition |

Aspiring police officers do well in competition

Michael Schneider

The South Lake Tahoe police department’s Explorers, a group of seven children under the age of 20 interested in law enforcement, won a trophy at a National Exploring Conference in Maryland.

The conference, which took place during the week of July 20, saw the South Lake Tahoe contingency win a third place in the traffic collision investigation competition.

The team had to investigate a mock fatal traffic collision, take witness statements, make accurate measurements and sketches of the scene, and write a report, according to Police Commander Rich McGuffin.

The South Lake Tahoe Explorers competed against 4,000 other Explorers in a variety of events including vehicle stops, domestic violence calls, shooting, crime scene investigation, physical fitness, written exams, and traffic collision investigations.

“The explorer scouts did an extraordinary job in handling each of the assignments given them, and represented the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, and the city, with pride, professionalism and competence,” McGuffin said.

The Explorer team consisted of Keith Wilson, Eric Lewis, Melissa Harper-Barton, Kayla Byrne, Eddie Shepard, Bob Patyl and Ryan Marshall. They were accompanied by Rebecca Inman and Cameron Carmichael, police officers.

The Explorers are part of a Boy Scouts of America program sponsored by the SLTPD for kids who may pursue a career in law enforcement.

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