The Douglas County Sheriff’s Explorer POST No. 2105 recently participated in the Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Academy along with 139 other explorers from around Southern California.
They completed obstacle courses, dummy drags, exposure to pepper spray, mile-and-a half runs, push-ups, mountain climbers, sit-ups, on a daily basis and observed demonstrations from the local SWAT team, k-9 unit, bomb squad and aero bureau helicopter “Angel.”
They received classroom instruction and received a college credit for topics covered such as; emergency services and response, investigations, immigration, DUI investigations, ethics, career planning and more.
They were drilled by two former Marine Corps drill instructors and represented Douglas County.
“The academy was four long, hard, hot days and these explorers withstood very difficult conditions, as this was a mini boot camp,” said Deputy Teresa Duffy. “On the fourth and final day, the kids had breakfast with their TAC (training, advising and counselling) Officers, shared funny stories and prepared for their graduation at the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy. These kids, ages 14-18 did an outstanding job and we are so proud of their commitment and hard work.”
Explorer POST Capt. Chelsea Osborn, a recent graduate of Douglas High School, currently a Western Nevada College student, received first place in the written examination out of 149 other explorers.
“These young men and women are taking away invaluable skills and life lessons, and we are fortunate to have such great youth in our community and part of the Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Ron Pierini
The DCSO explorers are planning a trip to Hawaii in July 2015 to compete in the Hawaii 5-0 Explorer Challenge.
“This will be a first experience for these young men and women and they are looking for support,” Duffy said.
“The DCSO explorers are completely funded by donations and they need your help to make this experience a reality,” she said. “Any assistance you can provide to these young men and women in making this trip a reality would be appreciated.”
For more information, contact Duffy or Deputy Doug Midkiff at 775-783-6441.