Earlier this month, members of the Dalton Police Department's Explorers program competed against Explorer programs from 57 other agencies across the southeast at Winterfest in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
The Explorers competed in three different scenarios, placing in all three. Dalton finished 1st in "Felony Traffic Stop", while placing 3rd in "Warrant Service" and "Unknown Problem". The Explorers work on different law enforcement scenarios throughout the year, but they don't find out which three scenarios in which they'll compete until they actually arrive at Winterfest.
The Law Enforcement Explorer Program allows young men and women to gain training and experience in the law enforcement field. The program also provides opportunities for community involvement and development. Program activities center around law enforcement training, organized recreational activities and competitive events. Officers David Saylors and Daniel Jones currently oversee the program.
- Must be 14 to 20 years of age
- Must maintain at least a "C" average, and must remain in school until graduation or obtain a GED
- Must attend regularly scheduled meetings, including physical training
Applications for the program are reviewed in the fall and winter.
Below: Members of the Dalton Police Explorers pose with the awards they won at Winterfest '09 in Gatlinburg, TN earlier this month (from left: Isabelle Mora, Avery Scoggins, Alexis O'Quinn, Jordan Rittenhouse, Brittany Loggins) Click thumbnail for larger version of the image.