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May 24, 2011 > Milpitas Police Explorers honored

Milpitas Police Explorers honored

Submitted by Sgt. Daryl Sequeira, Milpitas PD
Photo Courtesy of Milpitas PD

Explorer Programs offer young men and women the opportunity to learn firsthand the duties and responsibilities of a police officer. Milpitas Police Explorers are young adults, ages 14 to 20, who have an interest in law enforcement and volunteer their time to assist the Milpitas Police Department and City of Milpitas during special events.

Ten Milpitas Police Explorers attended the 2011 "Leaders of Tomorrow" Law Enforcement Explorer Team Competition sponsored by Chief's and Sheriff's Association of San Mateo County. Thirty-one police departments with over two hundred Police Explorers from Northern California, Central California and Las Vegas, Nevada attended the event on Saturday, April 30. The competition was held at Canada College in Redwood City and included a full day of training, scenario competitions, and other law enforcement-related events. The event also included static vehicle displays, a S.W.A.T team rescue demonstration, K9 demonstrations.

First, second and third place awards were given out in each of the four individual events and each of the nine team scenarios. The Explorers were randomly given their assignments upon check-in, so they were unable to prepare for specific events but were required to be prepared for all of the events. Milpitas Police Explorers did an outstanding job and returned home with four awards, winning the most awards that they have ever won in any competition.

Explorer Anthony DeRosa won a first place trophy in the Police Physical Performance event which consisted of a running start obstacle course, hurdle; cone pattern; 6' wall and dummy drag. Explorers Jaskirat Singh, Anthony DeRosa and Komal Kaur won the first place trophy in Traffic Accident Investigation. Explorers responded to a non-injury collision and were graded on responsibility assignment at the scene. They were judged for their investigative techniques; interviewing drivers and occupants skills and for documentation of the information.

Explorers Brian Thanh, Tiffany Santellano and Henry Pan won the second place trophy in Hostage Negotiations. They were scored on the effectiveness of establishing contact with the suspect, responding to the suspect's demands and resolving the incident within an allotted time. Explorer Jaskirat Singh won a third place trophy in the Sample Entry Level Police Officer Written Examination which all of the explorers were required to participate in. The Explorers were trained by Officer Gene Smith, Officer Asim Qureshi and Milpitas Police Officers and Reserve Officers Dennis Kraft, Kris Strauss and Kevin Jackson.

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