The Shafter Police Explorers were put to the test this past March at the annual Central Valley Law Enforcement Explorer Competition in Tulare. The competition began with 13 different law enforcement scenarios.
Explorers were tested in areas such as domestic violence, felony traffic stops, and suspicious circumstances just to name a few. Explorers were timed, graded, and counseled for about 10 hours on day one, similar to a normal shift for a regular police officer, however, they had to out perform 14 other law enforcement agencies.
Physical Abilities Put to the Test
Day two of the competition tested the explorer’s physical abilities starting with a tug of war tournament followed by a relay race with a short break in between. The physical portion of the competition ended with an obstacle course which consisted of three brackets; male and female individual explorer, male and female individual advisor, and four explorer team.
The competition concluded at about noon on Sunday. “Even though the Shafter Police Explorer Post did not place in any of the scenarios, they did an amazing job for their first competition” said Shafter Explorer Advisor Officer Salvador.
Second Cycle Testing
Second cycle testing looks for general comprehension skills. After the written exam, there is an oral board, then a background investigation. After successful completion, acceptance into the program, and swearing in, explorers are exposed to multiple lectures on law, policy, and must spend time reviewing state codes and video training accompanied by test, both written and oral.
As explorers progress, they advance on to fun stuff like learning how to shoot weapons at the Shafter Range by our own Range Master Sergeant Milligan. They are taught range safety and then taken out on the course to learn how to fire a weapon. For some, this is a first time event.
The Shafter Police Explorers will be co-hosting the next Explorer Competition held in Tehachapi, California on June 14, 15, and 16, and in order to prepare for the competition, the Shafter Police Explorers will be selling candy bars at local businesses in town.
The Shafter Explorer Program does still need several items to facilitate the competitions so donations are welcome. If you would like any information about how you can donate or would like to know more about the Shafter Police Explorer Program, please contact Officer Salvador at 661-746-8500.