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Explorers bring home first place from tournament

Staff Reports

Douglas County Sheriff’s Explorers, standing, Cameron Norkunas, Maverick Duffy, Sierra Edwards, Manuel Castrellon, Tobin Schultz, Spencer Flanders, Charity Rosier, James Alvarez, Tyler Smith, Madison Palmer, Fallon Montanucci, Kneeling are Brady McLaughlin, Caitlyn McLaughlin, Nick Wiggins, Jocelyn Smith.

Douglas County Sheriff's Explorers won first place in the Central Valley Law Enforcement Competition in Tulare, Calif.

They competed against 12 other California Explorer Posts from the Central Valley area.

There were 19 events in total. The Explorers competed in these events either individually or in teams. They were awarded with 15 trophies and took the very top award for first place overall, outperforming the long standing first place holders Hanford Police Department. They received three first-place awards in building search, team obstacle and individual obstacle.

Explorer Fallon Montanucci was awarded a laptop computer as her scholarship prize for an oral interview.

Exploring is a program sponsored by the Sheriff's Youth Services Division of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, chartered by Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America.

Exploring provides vocational training and experience to young people, ages 14-20. Students must have a desire to learn about law enforcement or the military. Exploring provides an opportunity for young people to be involved in something positive, to receive training and experience in law enforcement and to learn the value of service to their community. It also allows those involved to get an inside look on how a sheriff's department functions.

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This program is funded by donations from the public and events worked by the Sheriff's Explorers to raise money for their post.

To find out more information about the Explorers, contact Deputies Teresa Duffy or Chris Wiggins at 775-783-6441.

The Explorers had been practicing felony stops, domestics, and building clearing twice a week for months leading up to the competition.