The Amarillo Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post is competing in the National Law Enforcement Exploring Competition this week at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The seven young men and women will be competing with other Law Enforcement Explorers from across the nation in events such as arrest & search, bomb threat response, burglary in process, crime prevention, crime scene search, crisis negotiation, domestic crisis intervention, judgement pistol shooting – shoot, don’t shoot, officer down-first aid, traffic stop, traffic accident investigation and white-collar crime. The five-day event also includes uniform inspections and drill events in the team competition.
The Explorers also have the ability to compete individually in the police physical fitness test, air pistol competition, a 9mm pistol championship, a sample police written examination and bike policing competition.
In addition to the physical competition, seminars are available to both the Explorers and the five adult advisors (Amarillo Police Department police officers) to learn how to enhance the Exploring experience for youth and adult advisors.
The Explorers will also have a chance to participate in fun activities that are scheduled for the evenings and include movie nights, club dances, have exhibit booths at the competition to showcase their Explorer Post, take advantage of the Recreational center and a career fair where the Explorers can learn about career opportunities in other areas.
Exploring is a career-based, educational program that is open to all youth from ages 14-20 who want to learn about their chosen career before graduating high school.