Warren Law Enforcement Explorers compete at national conference

Photo submitted to Times Observer City of Warren Police Law Enforcement Explorers at the National Law Enforcement Explorer Post at Purdue University are (from left): Garett Abbott, Senior Chief Derek Hanlin, Jake Nugent, Post Chief Derick Nowacki, Advisor and City of Warren Police Chief Brandon Deppen, Lt. Lucas Rizzardi, Sgt. Zach Nugent, Chazz Jewell, and Sgt. Ashleigh Deppen.

The National Law Enforcement Explorer Conference is an opportunity to learn and to compete.

The Warren Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post joined posts from all across the country at the event held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

There were about 2,000 Explorers who competed in 12 events and attended numerous seminars.

Warren post members who participated included Senior Chief Derek Hanlin, Post Chief Derick Nowacki, Lt. Lucas Rizzardi, Sgt. Ashleigh Deppen, Sgt. Zach Nugent, Jake Nugent, Garett Abbott, and Chazz Jewell.

The post raised more than $11,000 to fund the trip, according to City of Warren Police Chief and Explorer Advisor Brandon Deppen.

The eight members split into two teams. Each team competed against 84 others in four events chosen at random.

Hanlin, Nowacki, Jake Nugent, and Abbott placed second overall in burglary in progress and also competed in crisis negotiation; traffic crash; and traffic stop.

Rizzardi, Deppen, Nugent, and Jewell competed in burglary in progress; crime prevention; crime scene search; and shoot/don’t shoot.

According to Brandon Deppen, “All members of the post also attended seminars including: active shooter response; Below 100: reducing line of duty deaths in law enforcement; Delivering Justice: Cases of the U.S. Post Inspection Service; Digital Evidence: the impact of social media in criminal investigations; Drug Trafficking: from the poppy field to the streets of the United States; Vehicle Inspections: detecting and disrupting transnational criminal organizations and smuggling; America’s Frontline: CBP’s role in protecting our borders; Fugitive Apprehension: the U.S. Marshals role in tracking America’s most wanted; fundatmentals of leadership; Protect Yourself: self-defense techniques; Transnational Policing: from an Australian Federal Police perspective; and Use of Force: less lethal options.”

Taking roles including as presenters were high-ranking officials from U.S. Secret Service, Indiana State Police, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, ATF, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Park Police, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and others, Deppen said.