Explorers earn high marks at nationals

With ambitions to one day professionally “protect and serve,” high school and college-age Blaine Police Explorers study law enforcement’s practiced proceedings and protocols and serve the community.

Throughout the police explorer program, Explorers go on ride-alongs with patrol officers, provide traffic control and additional security for city events. And they compete with other explorers along the way.

Blaine Police Explorer Captains Karie Davis and Nick Small pose with a trophy won in the 2014 National Law Enforcement Learning for Life Conference and Competition last month. Submitted photos

Blaine Police Explorer Captains Karie Davis and Nick Small pose with a trophy won in the 2014 National Law Enforcement Learning for Life Conference and Competition last month. Submitted photos

Last month, Blaine Police Explorers participated with more than 2,000 other youth in the 2014 National Law Enforcement Learning for Life Conference and Competition, held in Bloomington, Indiana.

Three Blaine Explorer teams competed in six law enforcement scenarios at nationals and earned titles in two of those events: first place in the Arrest and Search scenario (search warrant simulation) and fourth place in the White Collar Crime scenario.

During the scenarios, explorers were presented with simulations of real-life police calls for service. Explorer teams are then evaluated on their methods, procedures and how they handled the situation.

In other national conference activity, Blaine Explorers competed for the first time in the Military Drill competition.

Led by advisers Sgt. Brian Owens and officers Al Champagne, Brandon Fettig and Brad Nordby (all members of the Blaine Police Department), Police Explorer team members who participated in nationals include Charlie Bloomer, Karie Davis, Nick Small, Nick Traffie, Tanner Ess, Melissa Stephens, Charlie Wagner, Samantha Klimisch, Brian Fuhrmann, Ismail Turay, Adrian Johnson and Ben Eckberg.

The Blaine Police Explorer program is sponsored by Blaine Police Department and offered as a division of Learning for Life.

For more information about police explorers, visit BlainePoliceExplorers.weebly.com.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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