Explorer post wins awards at national conference
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department Explorers recently traveled to Flagstaff, Ariz., for the largest Police Explorer conference and competition in the world. In excess of 4,000 explorers from all over the United States, England, Puerto Rico and Canada participated in The National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference. The conference takes place every two years.
Once again, the South Lake Tahoe Police Explorers received high honors, finishing in top 10 percent and achieving the status of National Champions in Hostage Negotiations. The National Champions were from “Team A,” consisting of Elizabeth Coleman, Eddie Shepard, Kyle Heller and Troy Sutton. Their margin of victory in the Hostage Negotiations was five points, the most by any team in the competition. In many of the competitions the first five places were separated by fractions of a point. The National Championship and first-place award for that scenario is the only first-place award won by an explorer post in the Western United States. “Team A” also competed in an Arrest and Search scenario, missing an award by two points.
“Team B,” consisting of Matt Morrison, Jennifer Story, Michelle Clark and Jonathan Coats, competed in Bomb Threat and Domestic Violence scenarios, receiving high marks in those events. Tana Jacquez and David Peterson supported the teams and competed in individual competitions such as target shooting, an obstacle course and patrol bicycle riding.
Explorer Jennifer Story said, “Winning the award was great, but the biggest reward was the satisfaction of pulling together as a team and using the skills we learned in a real scenario.”
Explorer Elizabeth Coleman said, ” I enjoyed learning about the many different fields of law enforcement at the career fair and meeting people from all over the world.”
After their great success at the National Conference, the Explorers are now preparing for their next competition in Pasadena, Calif. Police Explorers are young men and women ages 14 to 21, who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.
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