Six people from the Turlock Police Explorers program traveled to Tracy on June 24 to participate in the 10th annual Central Valley Explorer competition. The competition allows participating explorer teams to showcase the training they have received throughout the year by running through a number of different response scenarios.
“The competition challenged explorers with real-life situations and scenarios that police officers encounter on a daily basis,” explained DPT Sgt Steve Crawford. “The Explorers receive ongoing training through the Explorer program and the competition allowed them to put their training to the test.
The six participants of the Turlock Explorers were Cadence Perry, Joshua Ottis, Austyn Tschantz, Marissa Guillen, Hayden Elliott and Nathaniel Koehn. As part of the competition, all six worked as a team in the active shooter scenario and were awarded 2nd place out of 27 teams. Perry also received 3rd place overall for the individual obstacle course competition.
Perry has been an explorer for four years in pursuit of her goal of becoming a K9 officer. She spoke of the valuable experience the competition has given her and her peers.
“All of the different storylines were really fun and informative,” Perry said. “This competition helps explorers learn what it would be like when we find ourselves in these situations. Overall it’s a great learning experience because there are no other places people can go to experience these types of scenarios… Honestly, this whole experience made me want to be a police officer even more.
Ottis, who has been an explorer for two years, shared similar sentiments.
“It was a great learning experience because after each scenario we sat down with the instructors and they debriefed us, basically telling us what we did well and what we needed to improve,” explained Ottis. “We were placed in very stressful situations and trained to deal with them in real life. It was very physically demanding, especially the disturbing call where we had to “apprehend” two very aggressive subjects. »
After the outstanding results, Crawford praised his team’s preparation and efforts.
“I am extremely proud of the Explorers’ hard work in preparing for this competition and their performance in all the scenarios they encountered during the competition,” said Crawford. “I am also very grateful to the Explorer Advisors who helped prepare the Explorers for the competition and who were with them at the event.”
Perry and Ottis strongly recommend that those interested in law enforcement and self-defense get involved in their local Explorer programs. For more information about the Turlock Police Explorers, community members are encouraged to contact Sergeant Crawford at (209) 668-6503, or by email at [email protected]