Sheriff’s Office Explorers receive top awards In State Competition

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Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Explorers received several top awards while participating in the South Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Explorers (SCALE) Competition recently. The competition was held July 8 through July 12, 2014, in Summerville, as part of the group’s 2014 Summer Conference. Explorers from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office brought home several top awards.

in Team Competition Results, The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office received: 3rd Place Overall Score; Building Entry – 2nd Place; Drug Search – 1st Place; High Risk Traffic Stop – 1st Place; Officer Down Rescue – 1st Place and Unknown Risk Traffic Stop – 2nd Place

Individual Events: Incident Report Writing: 1st Place – Brandon Lowe; 3rd Place – Emily Rochester.

Collision (TR-310) Report Writing: 1st Place – Brandon Lowe; 2nd Place – Emily Rochester; 3rd Place – Cole Compton.

 Legal Knowledge Test: 1st Place – Emily Rochester

 Individual Pistol Shooting – Explorer: 2nd Place – Cole Compton.

 Individual Pistol Shooting – Advisor: 3rd Place – Marty Brooks.

 Emergency Vehicle Operations: 3rd Place – Cole Compton.

The Sheriff’s Explorer Program offers young adults the opportunity to learn and experience lawful citizenship as they participate, side-by-side, with certified deputies in ongoing training and community service projects.

Explorers attend weekly meetings and participate in a variety of community policing projects including child fingerprinting, school safety seminars and crime prevention programs. Explorers can also assist in various law enforcement details including traffic control and searches. Explorers 16 years of age and older may schedule to ride with Sheriff’s patrol deputies during normal shifts.

To qualify for membership, candidates must be at least 14 years of age but under 21; they must achieve and maintain satisfactory school grades and must make a conscientious effort to stay out of trouble. Candidates under 18 years of age must have the approval and cooperation of a parent or guardian.

Anderson County has five explorers, four of whom attended the conference and competed on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office. Team advisor Corporal Caleb Carroll stated, “We have built something special in our Explorer Program and we will continue to train and learn in order to represent the Sheriff’s Office in the best positive light.”

Sheriff John Skipper said, “The Explorer Program is entering a recruiting phase and the Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking young people of high character who are interested in law enforcement.”

For additional information, please visit the South Carolina Explorer’s Facebook page or the program’s website at http://www.scexplorer.com. To sign-up with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program, contact Corporal Carroll at (864) 209-7514 or via email at ccarroll@andersonsheriff.com.