Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
School Resource Officer Unit
-Explorer Post 900
James Butterfield, Explorer Post 900 Lead Advisor (NSA Award Recipient)
Date of Hire: 09/24/2001
National Sheriffs’ Association Explorer Post Advisor of the Year Award
Deputy James Butterfield, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Post 900 Lead Advisor, has been selected as the National Sheriff’s Association Explorer Post Advisor of the Year.
This award recognizes an outstanding contribution by a Post Advisor to a Law Enforcement Explorer Post sponsored by a sheriff ’s office.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office was notified of Deputy Butterfield’s selection on February 7, 2014.
Nominations were submitted by November 15, 2013.
The award will be presented at the National Sheriff’s Association Conference to be held from June 21-25, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Deputy James Butterfield has been selected as the 2014 Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisor of the Year by the National Sheriffs’ Association.
Deputy Butterfield became the Explorer Post 900′s Lead Advisor in January of 2010. Through his work, Deputy Butterfield has coordinated meetings, training opportunities, in service details and fundraisers for the participants of Post 900. Through their activities, Explorers between the ages of 14 and 21 learn life-long skills of responsibility, discipline, and integrity while gaining an insight into the field of law enforcement to include patrol, crime scene, and detention and corrections.
Presently, Deputy Butterfield manages a group of close to 40 Explorers. In his four years as Advisor, Deputy Butterfield has lead the group in earning various distinctions at the Florida Association of Police Explorers State Conference. Currently, Post 900 holds first place in the state for law enforcement scenario competition, first place in honor guard competition and second place in both shooting and drill.
As part of their training, the Explorers receive firearms safety instruction, ride-along safety instructions, and learn CPR skills.
Deputy Butterfield has also fostered and successfully developed an Explorer exchange program with Police Explorers in Nova Scotia, Canada. The partnership has allowed the groups to engage in the exchange of training information in various fields of law enforcement. Post 900 has traveled to Nova Scotia to attend their National Explorer Law Enforcement Leadership Camp.
Viewing leadership training as a key element in the development of youth, Deputy Butterfield has also been instrumental in coordinating access to additional leadership training for the Explorers. Over the past two years, Post#900 has attended the Sheriff’s Youth Ranch Leadership Development at Camp Caruth in Inglis, Florida.
Nominations for the National Sheriff’s Association Award were judged by a panel on (8) categories to include: Recruiting, Size of Post and Tenure, Written Program Plans, Explorer Training, Post Activities, Participation in State/Regional/National Conference and Competitions, Awards and Recognitions, and Endorsement of the Sponsoring Sheriff.
Deputy Butterfield will be presented with the award this summer at the National Sheriffs’ Association Conference.