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HPD Explorers place at State Competition

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Members of the Hilliard Division of Police Explorer Post 2286 recently put their law enforcement skills to the test at State Competition, taking home top finishes in multiple categories.

The competition was held Saturday, April 13, at the Columbus Police Academy. There were 23 law enforcement agencies with 51 total teams in attendance.

Two teams, one consisting of three Explorers and one of four Explorers, represented the post sponsored by the Hilliard Division of Police.

All teams were required to complete 10 scenarios and be graded. Of the 10 scenarios, teams were required to participate in six: traffic stops, traffic crash investigation, domestic violence, crime scene search, obstacle course, and air soft shooting. The other events were disorderly conduct, crisis intervention, first aid, arrest and search, bomb threats and active shooter.

One of the Hilliard police teams won second place in traffic crash investigation and burglary in progress. The team consisted of Luke White, Matt Jarvi and Jacob Lacroix.

The second Hilliard police team won third place in crisis intervention. Members were Mark Hiser, Colin Pawletski, Cameron Lute, and Micah Dussseu.

“I am very proud of the hard work they did,” said Officer Deaton, who serves as the advisor. “Our Explorers are absolutely a great representation of our agency and our core values.”

Exploring is a work site-based program of Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. It is for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years old and who have completed eighth grade. Law Enforcement Explorer posts help youths gain insight into a variety of programs and offer hands-on career activities for those who are interested in careers in the field of law enforcement.

The goal at the Hilliard Division of Police is to aid young men and women who feel they are interested in police work. This goal is taken very seriously; therefore, the post will only accept those individuals who are serious about their future.

The post meets twice each month (second and fourth Thursday), from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the police department. Members of our Explorer Post are also able to ride along with the patrol officer after their probationary period has been completed.

During meetings, Explorers focus on different types of police work, such as report writing, building searches, self-defense, and much more. The department will also bring in guest speakers from other avenues of law enforcement, i.e. Secret Service, FBI, ICE, etc., to talk to the explorers about careers in their line of work.

Those interested in more information about the program should contact Officer Deaton at

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