Dalton Police Department Explorers Take Top Honors At Alabama Competition

Monday, February 24, 2014
DPD Explorers Christian Peinado, Corey Greene, Shaw Scott, and Trey Williams pose with their trophies from Saturday's competition in Alabama
DPD Explorers Christian Peinado, Corey Greene, Shaw Scott, and Trey Williams pose with their trophies from Saturday's competition in Alabama

The Dalton Police Department's Explorers is looking for some more shelf space to show off some awards. On Saturday, the DPD Explorers traveled to the University of Montevalo in Alabama for a competition and took first place honors in all three events in which they competed.  

The Alabama State Competition puts student Explorers through different law enforcement scenarios while their responses and actions are judged by law enforcement officers from area agencies.  The Dalton Explorers competed in three different scenarios: Traffic Stop, Domestic Violence, and Burglary In Progress.  Dalton won first place honors in each of the three scenarios.  

The Dalton Police Explorers program allows young men and young women to gain training and experience in the law enforcement field.  The program also provides young people with opportunities for community involvement and development.  Program activities center around law enforcement traiing, organized recreational activities, and competitive events.  Officer David Saylors currently oversees the program.  Explorers must be between 14 and 20 years old, maintain at least a C average while remaining in school until graduation or obtaining a GED, and must attend regularly scheduled meetings which include physical training. 

On March 1, the Dalton Police Explorers will kick off their annual fund raising drive with the sale of Dalton Police Explorers discount cards.  The cards cost $5 each and feature discounts from area businesses.  They can be purchased at the Police Services Center at 301 Jones Street and also Zaxby’s, In Heaven’s Name bookstore, John’s Bar-B-Q, or from any Dalton Police Explorer.  


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