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Youth Police Explorers Shine In Competition

Apr 16, 2018 10:27AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The Manhattan Beach Police Department Explorers - a group of youth volunteers affiliated with the police department - showed their stuff at a regional competition last weekend, taking top prizes in a multitude of events.

At the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Explorer Competition in Santa Clarita, the group took fourth place in the Hostage Rescue event, second place in the Tubular Assault event, second place in the DUI event and first place in the Active Shooter event.

The Explorer competition included 37 teams from law enforcement agencies throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada.

"We are extremely proud of our Police Explorers and their incredible success at the recent competition," said Kristie Colombo, community affairs officer at MBPD.

The Police Explorer program is a volunteer program that gives young people ages 14 to 21 an opportunity to learn more about law enforcement while developing valuable leadership and life skills. Explorers have the opportunity to observe and assist police officers in community service events, patrol ride-alongs, and educational field trips. They assist in traffic-related duties, help with child fingerprinting events, and participate in local and regional competitions.

There are currently six Explorers in the MBPD program. Although the program is still relatively new, some past participants are currently in the application process to become police officers, and others have gone on to take other jobs in the department such as community service officers and part-time records technician.

To participate, a young person must be enrolled in a high school or college program, maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average, and provide a recommendation from a school counselor. Participants are urged to attend a pre-academy course held at the Torrance Police Department on two consecutive Saturdays; then they are required to attend the Police Explorer Academy, a 10-week course held at El Camino College on consecutive Saturdays. Once a participant completes the Academy, they become an official member of the Manhattan Beach Police Explorers.

Those who are interested in applying are encouraged to contact Detective Borys at 310-802-5128.

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