The Escondido Police Cadet program hosted its 3rd annual Police Explorer Competition May 22 & 23.
Police Explorer teams from law enforcement agencies throughout the county competed in various simulated police events, as well as an obstacle course and firearms competition.
Events included a simulated high- risk vehicle stop, DUI investigation, domestic violence investigation, and building search. Each of the participating agencies had teams of explorers who worked through the above scenarios, which were judged by law enforcement officers,with awards given to the top performing teams.
The explorer teams are judged on many factors such as their decision- making, police tactics, leadership, and teamwork.
The Escondido Police Cadets took first place in the “Mystery Scenario.” The scenario was essentially a team of four cadets who are only told to extra patrol a park area. What they do not know is that they will encounter a person being robbed in the park. The suspect then runs away toa hiding spot. The cadets are judged on their ability to evaluate what they are witnessing, making tactical decisions as to whether to stay with the victim/pursue the suspect, safely taking the suspect into custody, conducting an investigation and determining what crimes were committed.
There is also an overall award for the team that had the highest overall score from all events. This year that award went to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Explorers.
Police Explorer programs arepopular throughout the country. The programs are designed to teach young adults (Generally 15-21 years of age) about all aspects of a career in law enforcement. Police Explorers gain this experience through on-going training, ride-alongs with police officers, and attending a police explorer academy. Police Explorers donate 1,000’s of hours every year to assist law enforcement agencies. Explorers gain invaluable leadership training and job skills that will benefit them, even if they do not enter the law enforcement profession.