FRESNO, California – A big congratulations to the Fresno Police Explorers Post #911.
The team is back home after winning three first-place awards in a competition in Manteca, California.
The program is for teens who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. “Hands up, hands up, hands up,” several shouted.
They are not Fresno Police Officers, just yet, but rather young explorers, ages 14 to 20, in training.
The group practiced real live law enforcement scenarios at the 9th Annual Central Valley Explorer statewide competition, this past weekend.
“There was 36 competing teams all across California, one from the state of Washington,” says Rodney Lowery, director of the Fresno Police Chaplaincy.
Lowery says they started the program about three years ago after several young people took part in their Teen Police Academy.
“We invited kids into the Fresno Police Department to experience training and why we do, what we do in the field, and so much interest was grown from that,” he explained.
Lowery says police explorers get hands-on training with Fresno Police Officers, as well as learn the importance of community service.
Now, their hard work is paying off. For the first time the Fresno Police Explorers post #911 took first place in three categories.
Lowery described, “One was critical incident, the other first place was in high risk felony assault and they also scored first place in a bus assault.”
He says he’s extremely proud of the whole team.
“All the kids have this limitless potential and this is just an avenue and opportunity to work toward that potential and seeing that is hugely rewarding especially for our department members who volunteer their time to train the kids,” Lowery expressed.