Explorers Post 916 Looking for Recruits

The Explorers Program allows high school students to begin training

to join law enforcement.

By: Emma Diehl

The Explorers program at Post 916 is a way for high school students to become more

educated in the ways of the police department, and to prepare them more for their future

careers.

With meetings once a week, the Explorers use a wide variety of training methods on different

subjects in order to enhance their knowledge of the Sheriff’s office. One of the ways that these

students learn these steps is through scenario training.

“Scenarios are a great tool to use because they allow us to physically do what we need to do.

They take us through all of the necessary steps, and allow us to work our way through it. We will

be corrected [by our superiors] as we go. So if, heaven forbid, something horrible does happen,

we will be better prepared to handle the situation. We will do these scenarios over and over so

that we can get better at handling the situation, and make sure we follow the procedures,”

Explorer Sergeant Hunter Reid said.

The post 916 application process begins when students attend their first meeting as a visitor.

When a visitor comes in, the Explorers welcome them, and get them started in the application

process. They will hand the person a pre-application form, to gather the applicant’s contact

information. Then, when they hand them an application, which the student will bring to the next

meeting that they come to. During the second meeting, they will return a completed application,

and they will have what is called an Oral interview. During the oral interview, a couple of officers

ask them a few questions to see if they are eligible to become an Explorer. On the person’s third

meeting, they will have an oral board. The oral board consists of four senior Explorers asking

the visitor common questions that are asked in a job interview. The Explorers grade them on

their responses and then determine if they will be accepted or not.

While many in the program have said that it is something fun to be a part of, the

Explorers program also has real life applications.

“I chose to join the Explorers program because I saw how it would be a great tool for me

to use in order to have a future career in law enforcement. The program also helps people with

life skills needed in any line of work,” Explorer Lieutenant Tyler Boogades said.

Applicants must be 14 to 21 years of age; they must currently be in high school, have

graduated high school, or have their GED. The applicant in question must have at least a 2.0

grade point average; they must also not have any criminal history.

For students throughout Pasco County, the Explorers Program offers a chance to work and

train with law enforcement officials, while actively learning about and participating in the career

field that is of interest to them. Students interested should contact their school resource officer

for more information.

Explorers Practice Baker Act Procedure

When someone has been reported to the sheriff’s office who is allegedly

unstable, an officer is sent out to determine whether or not that is the case. In a high

risk situation, such as a Baker Act, the officer has a very important decision to make:

should the person be Baker acted? This is why the Pasco County Explorers at post 916

are trained to handle assignments like this one in particular.

In a high risk situation, an officer must be able to determine whether or not to

Baker act someone based on several key factors. Safety of those around the individual

in question also plays a key role in determining whether or not to take the person into

protective custody.

“When we get there, we want to see how much of a threat to themselves and

others they are, and if they want to harm themselves or others. If we decide that they

are a threat, then we ask if they want any help. If they refuse, then we have to find

enough evidence to Baker act them. From there, we then ask them to cooperate with

putting them in handcuffs. Unfortunately, if they don’t, we have to go hands on. Once

they are in protective custody, we search them to make sure they don't have anything to

harm themselves, and we take them to a treatment facility,” stated Explorer and FTO

Sergeant Brent Randolph.

Utilizing textbooks and note cards to study is not the only way for students to

learn the correct procedures in dealing with an individual that may be baker acted .

They use a variety of scenarios, so that they can have real life application to the

situations.

“The best thing you can do is to train yourself to help someone with mental health

issues and constantly run through scenarios, and to know the laws and procedures of

Baker Acts. When you arrive on any call, you are going to have some sort of stress or

adrenaline in your system, so if you train on some kind of scenarios like real life, you will

start to develop good muscle memory, and good habits that help you save your life and

others,” said Randolph.

With every call for a Baker Act, there must be an officer prepared to handle the

situation. This is why the Explorers at post 916 must be extremely diligent while working

to become officers, and to better protect the community that they serve.

Reporting. Explorer Public Information Officer: Emma Diehl

2018 F.A.P.E State Competition results:

Congratulations to the Explorer Post 916 State Team!

3rd Place Overall in the 2018 F.A.P.E State Competition with a combined score of 514.5

-Tactical Scenario- 9th place, score of 75%

-Active Shooter Scenario- 1st place, score of 97%

-Traffic Stops Scenario- 7th place, score of 65%

-Tie Breaker Scenario- 1st place, score of 91%

-In Progress Scenario- 10th place, score of 78.5%

-Crisis Intervention Scenario- 2nd place, score of 99%

-Crime Scene Scenario- 1st place, score of 100%

-Explorer Rasheed Everett is the Central West State Representative

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