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13-142 Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 900 Wins The State Competition Championship

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Explorer Post 900

What:
Members of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 900 recently attended the Florida Association of Police Explorers competition.

When:
The Florida Association of Police Explorers competition began June 24, 2013 and ended on June 28, 2013.

Where:
The Florida Association of Police Explorers competition took place in Crystal River, Florida.

Why/How:
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 900 recently won the State Competition Championship at the Florida Association of Police Explorers competition held in Crystal River, Florida on June 24-28, 2013.

Competing against 31 other law enforcement explorer posts from across Florida, Pinellas County’s “Team Alpha” received the overall championship trophy.  The state team was comprised of Explorer Captain Kyle Hughes, Explorer Lieutenant Spencer Shaw, Explorer Lieutenant Melinda Mujidzic, and Explorer Sergeant Paige Boldt.  They received a first place trophy in the Crisis Intervention event, second place trophy in the In-progress event and 4th place trophies in the Traffic Stop, Traffic Crash and Arrest and Search events.

The Search and Arrest event involved the team’s response to a call about a suspicious person at a school after hours and was caught in the act of planting bombs at the school.  The in-progress event involved a homeless man found in a closed business who turned out to be deaf and a mute.  The crisis intervention event involved an incident at a school between a mother and her daughter that included a teacher being battered.  The traffic crash event involved a collision between a vehicle and a school bus.  The traffic stop event required the team to complete several citations.  The team consistently reacted to every challenge using the officer safety and investigative techniques they received during their training.  It was also imperative for members of the team to use good communication skills and have an understanding of Florida statutes.

The Post 900 Pistol Team was also victorious at the competition.  Explorer Captain Kyle Hughes, Explorer Lieutenant Spencer Shaw, Explorer Sergeant Elizabeth Vogt, and Explorer Corporal Kristen Crooks placed 4th overall.  Ten members of Explorer Post 900 took the opportunity to compete.  Explorer Captain Kyle Hughes took an individual shooting award of 1st Place in the Expert division.  Explorer Captain Kyle Hughes and Explorer Kelley Butterfield were named at the top of the range master’s top 10 overall shooting averages for the year.  Success on the pistol range is attributed to the hours of range time provided at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Range, as well as, the instruction an encouragement of Post Advisors.

In addition to the pistol trophies, several post members participated in individual optional events including the Honor Guard competition, Drill Team competition, the Physical Agility competition, the Police Mountain Bike competition and the F.A.T.S. Computer Simulated event.  Honor Guard members Melinda Mujidzic, Kyle Hughes, Paige Boldt, and Connor Davis received a 1st Place trophy.  Explorers Kyle Hughes, Melinda Mujidzic, Max Dulski, and Connor Davis received 4th place in the police mountain bike team.  Ten explorers, lead by Explorer Sergeant Elizabeth Vogt, received 2nd Place overall in the Drill Team competition.

For more information regarding the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Post 900 go to www.post900.com.

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