The Explorers take home six trophies, including coveted Spirit Award
In a competition that tested their skills at hostage negotiations, high-risk entry maneuvers and identifying suspects, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Explorers won awards in six events at the 2013 Regional Explorer Conference.
The competition which was sponsored by the Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisors Association (LEEPAAC), was held last week at Johnson & Wales University in Denver.
“We’re very proud of our Explorers for showing great leadership and skill in the competition,” Douglas County Sheriff David A. Weaver said about DCSO Explorer Post 10-4. “This post was outstanding in every way.”
One competitor was 17-year-old Joshua Anderson. He’s been an Explorer at DCSO for two years, is earning an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and hopes to someday get a job as a DCSO deputy.
“The teamwork was flawless this year. It was a great feeling,” Anderson said. “This program has been one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. I’ve always wanted to be in law enforcement and this shows me exactly what it’s going to be like.”
The Explorers competed against 200 others from nearby states and brought home six trophies:
- The 2013 Spirit Award for demonstrating exceptional enthusiasm, encouraging other Explorers, for being positive role models and for using good decision-making skills.
- 1st Place-High Risk Entry – a role-playing event won by Explorer Brooke Smith and her team.
- 2nd Place for Photo Line-up –where Explorer Josh Anderson helped a “victim” point out the man who robbed her.
- 2nd Place for High Risk Traffic Stops –Aidee Castillo and team.
- 3rd Place for Night Time Tactical – a DCSO Explorer Post scenario where Explorers had 7 minutes to rescue an officer down. Armed with paintball guns, the Explorers took out two bad guys and rescued the injured officer without a hitch. The post competed against 20 others to take third.
- 4th Place for Knock and Talk – won by Aidee Castillo and her team.
Explorers are 14 through 20-year-olds who aspire to work in law enforcement. If they meet the criteria to become an Explorer, the volunteers get to learn every aspect of policing at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, including law, jail operations and investigations. About 15% of the Explorers have been hired as deputies and have risen through the ranks inside the DCSO.
Deputy Keith Mathena, an advisor to the Explorers, say they learn about respect and teamwork. “Our explorers get an inside working knowledge of law enforcement. Even if they don’t go into it as a career, they’re gaining important life skills.”
The Explorers who participated in the annual competition are Joshua Anderson, Sol Atencio, Andrew Boyum, Aidee Castillo, Brooke Smith, Jacob Martin, Matt Whitley and Colton Schmitt.
For more about the DCSO Explorer Post, please contact KMathena@DCSheriff.net 303.660.7505.
MEDIA CONTACT: Deborah Sherman, Public Information 303-814-7067, DSherman@DCSheriff.net