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08/16/2016 Meeting

Announcements:

-Upcoming Community Service Hour Opportunities:

  1. Friday Nigh on White – 09/09/2016 from 5pm – 9pm
  2. National Night Out – 10/03/2016 from 5pm – 8pm
  3. Tip-a-Cop Special Olympics Fundraiser – 10/22/2016 11am – 9pm (two shifts: 11am – 4pm & 4pm – 9pm)

Training Topic: Police Officers Physical Abilities Test (POPAT)

At tonight’s meeting, the Explorers got to take part in the Police Officers Physical Abilities Test (POPAT). This fitness test is part of our agency’s hiring process and wellness program. The test was demonstrated by Sergeants Albert and Bitting before the Explorers were put to the test themselves. This was a great team-bonding activity, as the Explorers cheered each other on and worked as a team to get the course ready for each participant.

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08/02/2016 Meeting

Training Topic: Defensive Tactics & “Red Man” Scenarios

During tonight’s meeting, the Explorers got some hands-on defensive tactics training with the expandable baton (training version). During the training, Explorers were taught the appropriate strike areas/muscle groups and then put to the test.

First, the Explorers trained with a stationary pad/target area held by their partner. Then, the Explorers were exposed to the challenges that officers face when trying to strike a moving target. To throw in some mental stress, we also gave the Explorers a scenario in which they had to react to. If the Explorer chose to use force, they were evaluated on how and why they applied force.

07/05/2016 Meeting

Announcements:

-Friday Night on White events have been a huge success. All Explorers are encouraged to volunteer at these events to help fundraise and earn community service hours.

-A new community service opportunity is available: Purple Heart Dinner on Wednesday, August 3rd at Richland Creek Community Church. Those interested can plan on being there from around 3pm until 9pm.

Training Topic: Handcuffing & Ten-Codes Test

Tonight the Explorers learned handcuffing techniques from Kenny Fitzsimmons, Officer Oringer and Officer McArthur. They also took their ten-codes test to become better equipped for practical scenario training and eligible for ride-alongs (for those who are at least sixteen). Radio procedures are often involved in practical training, so it is essential for Explorers to know our radio codes and signals.

06/21/2016 Meeting

Announcements:

-The upcoming Cub Scout Camp Demo is next week on 06/27/2016

-The next Friday Night on White is on 07/08/2016. We raised close to $600.00 at the last event, so please continue volunteering at the remaining events.

Training Topic: Cub Scout Camp Demo Prep & Known-Risk Vehicle Stops

Tonight the Explorers prepared for the Cub Scout summer camp demonstration by discussing a breaking & entering to the vehicle scenario. The theme of the summer camp is CSI, so the Explorers prepared a demonstration/skit to show the Cub Scouts.

The Explorers then trained with Sgt. Albert on known-risk vehicle stops. The Explorers took turns role playing the suspects and officers as they sharpened their skills on radio traffic, verbal commands, officer safety, and handcuffing techniques.

06/07/2016 Meeting / Annual Awards

Tonight we had our annual awards ceremony for the Explorers who have earned extra recognition throughout the year. We started out the evening with a pizza social where the Explorers met Capt. Abbacchi, who helps oversee the program. Sgt. Bitting and Sgt. Albert then thanked the Explorers for their dedication and service to the Post and praised them for everything that they have done to assist the police department and community this past year.


The following awards were then handed out at the awards ceremony by Capt. Abbacchi:

Tenure Award

Tenure

This recognition is awarded to Explorers after completing one year of satisfactory service to the Post. The recipients of this award were:

Explorer Khalil Gary

Explorer Parker George

(not present for picture)

Explorer Cody Woodall


Perfect Attendance Award

Perfect Attendance

This recognition is awarded annually to Explorers who have either had perfect attendance, or have had no more than three excused absences in the previous year. Recipients of this award were:

Explorer Khalil Gary

Post Sgt. Aspen Hastings

Post Cpl. Arianna Hughes


Explorer of the Year

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This recognition is awarded annually to the one Explorer that stands out through good attendance, being a team player, volunteering to work community events, and showing extreme dedication to the program. The recipient of this award was:

Post Lt. Matthew Becker

POST LT. MATTHEW BECKER

POST LT. MATTHEW BECKER


Congratulations to all of the award recipients this year!

GROUP PHOTO WITH CAPT. ABBACCHI (MIDDLE)

GROUP PHOTO WITH CAPT. ABBACCHI (MIDDLE)

05/17/2016 Meeting

Announcements:

– All Explorers are encouraged to sign up for the up-coming Friday Night on White events. This is a great opportunity to get community service hours.

Sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4eaba623abfe3-friday

Those that have already worked these events are reminded to turn in their service hours form(s).

Training Topic: Summer Planning & National Police Week

Tonight served as a summer planning meeting, which allowed the Explorers to give suggestions and training ideas. We also discussed holding a weekend-long training event and threw around some summer field trip ideas. We strive to make law enforcement exploring at our department enjoyable and educational, so the Explorers’ input is taken very seriously.

2016-National Police WeekThe Explorers then discussed the importance of this week in the law enforcement community, as it is currently National Police Week (May 15, 2016 – May 21, 2016). In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Today, in the United States, more than 900,000 law enforcement officers put their lives on the line for the safety and protection of others. They serve with valor and distinction – and with great success. Federal statistics show that violent and property crime rates in the United States are at historic lows, thanks in large measure to the dedicated service of the men and women of law enforcement.

That protection comes at a price, however. Each year, there are approximately 60,000 assaults on law enforcement officers, resulting in nearly 16,000 injuries. Sadly, over the last decade, an average of 146 officers a year have been killed in the line of duty. And throughout U.S. history, more than 20,000 law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice.

ODMPIn remembrance of the many brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, we watched a police tribute video and viewed the Officer Down Memorial Page as a group. We discussed the importance of this profession and how public safety doesn’t come without a price. The Explorers were encouraged to always remember our fallen officers and thank those who are currently serving.

05/03/2016 Meeting

Announcements:

– All Explorers are encouraged to sign up for the up-coming Friday Night on White events. This is a great opportunity to get community service hours.

Sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4eaba623abfe3-friday

Those that have already worked these events are reminded to turn in their service hours form(s).

Training Topic: Known-Risk Traffic Stops

Tonight the Explorers participated in known-risk traffic stop training. These types of traffic stops are normally conducted on stolen vehicles, robbery suspects and other known-risk situations. The Explorers took turns role playing and performing the various responsibilities of officers during these types of stops, which included: verbal commands, handcuffing, vehicle searching and radio communications.

04/19/2016 Meeting

Announcements:

– Explorers will be needed at the upcoming Friday Night on White events in downtown Wake Forest. We have just been given a NEW opportunity to raise funds during these events, so Explorers need to step up and volunteer! The dates are: May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug 12 & Sept 9. Sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4eaba623abfe3-friday

Training Topic: Special Presentation from Wake ADA Rashad Hauter

Tonight the Explorers were given a special presentation on courtroom procedures by Rashad Hauter, Wake County Assistant District Attorney. Mr. Hauter is currently a Resource Prosecutor at the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys and has several years of experience in the courtroom.

The presentation consisted of topics such as general courtroom procedures and what is expected of a law enforcement witnesses when testifying on the stand.

A follow-up visit by Mr. Hauter may consist of a mock trial involving the Explorers.

04/05/2016 Meeting

Announcements:

-All Explorers who have worked community-related events lately need to turn in their logs to get credit for your hours.

-Several up-coming Friday Night on White events are available to work: (May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug 12 & Sept 9) Sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4eaba623abfe3-friday

Training Topic: SWAT/Tactical Operations Demonstration

Tonight the Explorers were given a demonstration on gear and tools used by the Wake Forest Tactical Service Unit. The Explorers got to wear some of the gear and become familiar with the use of several tools such as ballistic vests, ballistic shield and breaching tools. The Explorers then wore the vest and used the tools in practical scenarios.

03/15/2016 Meeting / Carnival

Announcements:

-Explorer Nicholas Lawson was promoted to Post Corporal tonight and he will be assigned to B Squad.

-Explorers who have committed to working certain days during the carnival need to take their commitment seriously and show up on time and check in with Officer Graham.

Meeting Topic: Work the Carnival & Corporal Promotion

In place of a normal meeting tonight, the Explorers attended the annual Carnival for the Kids at Home Depot. This carnival is put on by the police department and Officer Graham each year to raise money for our various community outreach programs. Each night of the carnival, Explorers will help man the information table and assist Officer Graham with various tasks.


 

Since we weren’t able to promote the second Post Corporal at the last meeting, we also handled that tonight:

Post Corporal 

(Squad Leader)

Corporal is a squad-level leadership position in the Explorer Post. Explorers that are promoted to this position serve as Squad Leaders to 6-8 Explorers. This promotion was given to Nicholas Lawson. This is Post Corporal Lawson’s first promotion and he will replace Aspen Hastings as the B Squad Corporal.

NEWLY PROMOTED POST CORPORAL: NICHOLAS LAWSON

NEWLY PROMOTED POST CORPORAL: NICHOLAS LAWSON