The Pinellas County Sheriff's Explorers are Top Guns at State Competition
The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Explorers pistol team took first place at the Florida Association of Police Explorers State Competition; making them the top guns for the third year in a row. The explorers out shot other top ranked competing teams from around the state. The honor of having won the cup for the third year in a row has only been achieved four times in state competition history, which spans forty years. Having done so, the award is retired and the explorers take the cup home for good; and a new cup will need to be made for future competitions. The proud explorers accepted the award at the closing ceremony Saturday, June 26, in Fort Myers to a standing ovation from twenty-four other explorer teams and their advisors.
The explorer state competition is held annually, and it allows teams from throughout Florida to meet and compete in a variety of events. The explorers practice year long, honing their skills to prepare for the competition. This week, they were able to show off what they've learned in a variety of categories including: shooting, crime scene processing, crash investigations, honor guard presentation, and scenario based in progress calls for service, just to name a few.
The explorers work very hard representing the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office throughout the year, and they are so proud to be members of the Sheriff's Office family. This competition allowed them the opportunity to shine. They performed daily in competitions from 6: 00 a.m. until midnight without complaint. They rely on donations, fundraising, and Dine-Out day ticket sales to sponsor their program. They also rely on those members who volunteer much of their time teaching from their own experiences in specialized training, such as: Firearms, SWAT, Honor Guard, MAIT, Investigations, and Patrol. The explorers need your continued support of this great program. There was a quote from one of the judges at the competition who said, "When someone needs help they call the police, when the police need help they call the explorers".
In addition to the shooting competition, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 900 took home several other trophies placing them ninth overall of twenty-four teams. The complete list is as follows:
For further details and the names of the competitors, visit the Post 900 website at www.post900.com.
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