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DCSO Explorers gain experience at conference

Staff reports

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post #2105 joined more than 4,000 other Explorers, adult leaders and staff from across the nation at the 12th biennial National Law Enforcement Conference July 24-29 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

The conference provided information and training experience for skills required in law enforcement.

Explorer Stephanie Boomhower said she enjoyed her first national conference.

“I learned all kinds of leadership skills like being more assertive, and being aggressive so you can get the job done and I learned a lot of self-confidence,” Stephanie said. “(The best part) was coming out of a competition that you did things you didn’t think you could do going into it.”

Post advisors Deputy Jennie Hill and Investigator David Nishikida, along with assistant advisor Nancee Goldwater led a group of six Explorers to the conference. Donations and fund-raisers throughout the year helped cover the cost of the trip. The Explorers provide security patrols at functions put on by area service groups such as Sertoma and Soroptimists.

The conference featured competitions sponsored by the nation’s top law enforcement organizations, providing realistic and practical experiences to prepare Explorers for the types of situations they would have to face in law enforcement careers. Team events included search and arrest, bomb threat response, crime prevention, crime scene search, domestic crisis intervention, shoot/don’t shoot, hostage negotiation and traffic stop.

Individual competitions included pistol competition, drill competition, bike policing and emergency vehicle operations course.

A wide range of seminars gave participants information on a host of topics, including leadership development, self-defense techniques, bomb investigations, cyber crimes, executive protection, psychological profiling and school violence.

Sponsoring organizations held a career fair at which law enforcement professional were available to discuss career goals with individual Explorers.

There were also demonstrations and exhibits, a training track for post advisors and many recreational and entertainment events and a closing rally at which federal and other law enforcement organizations showed off their latest technology and techniques.