The Warren County Explorers shine at annual conference

Photo submitted to Times Observer The City of Warren Police Department Explorer Post Explorers who participated in the Annual Law Enforcement Exploring Day Conference were (from left): Explorer Jastin Darts, Explorer Dillon Winters, Lt. Lucas Rizzardi, Explorer Jacob Hayes and Sgt. Ashleigh Deppen.

The Warren Police Department Law Enforcement Explorers placed in every event.

The 18th Annual Law Enforcement Exploring Day Conference was held Saturday, July 27, at Central Police Services Training Center in Williamsville, N.Y., brought together 25 teams of Explorers from posts including Buffalo Police Department, Cheektowaga Police Department, Town of Tonawanda Police Department, and Erie County (N.Y.) Sheriff’s Office.

Each team participates in seven scenarios “designed to provide realistic and practical experience to prepare Explorers for the types of situations they would have to face in law enforcement careers,” Advisor Sgt. Jeff Dougherty said. “The scenarios included: traffic stop; DUI traffic stop; domestic intervention; unknown call; mental health call; officer down; and building search.”

The Explorers competed as individuals in the super physical and mental agility station; oral interview board; and civil service exam.

Warren Explorers were on three of the teams in the competition.

“The team of Lt. Lucas Rizzardi and first year Explorer Jastin Darts placed first in Traffic Stop, third place in Domestic Dispute, fourth place in DUI Traffic Stop, and fourth place in Mental Health Call,” Dougherty said. “The team of Jacob Hayes and Dillon Winters took first place in Mental Health Call, second place in Unknown Call, third place in Traffic Stop, and fifth place in Officer Down. Jacob Hayes also took third place in the Oral Interview Board.”

“Sgt. Ashleigh Deppen was placed on a team with an explorer from the Cheektowaga Police Department,” Dougherty said. “Her team placed second place in Traffic Stop, fourth place in Domestic Intervention, fifth in the Unknown Call, and fifth place in Building Search. Sergeant Deppen also took third place in the Super Physical / Mental Agility Station.”