Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Explorer Post 900
14 members of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 900 recently participated in National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference.
The National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference took place July 13-19, 2014.
The National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference took place at Indiana University located in Bloomington, Indiana.
Fourteen members of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 900 joined more than 2,100 other Explorers, adult leaders, and staff from throughout the nation at the National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference held July 13th – 19th at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The conference provided attendees with training, competition in all areas of law enforcement, and allowed explorers to gain an insight to all the different aspects of law enforcement throughout the nation.
Sponsoring organizations included the FBI, Secret Service, Homeland Security (Customs / Border Patrol), ATF, and the DEA. The sponsoring agencies held a career fair at which law enforcement professionals were available to discuss career goals with individual Explorers. There were also demonstrations, exhibits, recreational and entertainment events. Upon the closing rally, area federal agencies and other law enforcement organizations showed off the latest in law enforcement technology and techniques. The explorers attended seminars related to domestic terrorism, forensic science, and defensive tactics.
The conference featured competitions sponsored by law enforcement organizations providing realistic and practical experiences to prepare Explorers for the types of situations they would have to face in law enforcement careers. Team events included Arrest and Search, Bomb Threat Response, Crime Prevention, Crime-Scene Search, Domestic-Crisis Intervention, Shoot/Don’t Shoot, Hostage Negotiation, Burglary in Progress, Traffic Accident Investigation, Traffic Stop, White-Collar Crime and Emergency Field First Aid.
Explorer Post 900 was represented by four competition teams. Team A was comprised of Explorer Captain Spencer Shaw, Explorer Lieutenant Kelley Butterfield, Explorer Sergeant Lauren Paschall and Explorer Zoe Gambel. Team A received 3rd Place in the nation for the Domestic Violence Investigation scenario. Although the other teams did not place in the top 5, the explorers learned valuable lessons on teamwork and investigative techniques.
Individual competitions included Air-Pistol, Drill, Mountain Bike, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course, Physical Agility Test, Honor Guard, Volley Ball, and a Pistol Competition. Several explorers participated in the air pistol and pistol competition using 40 caliber semi-automatic firearms. Explorer Kelley Butterfield received 1st Place in the slow fire phase and Explorer Max Dulsky received 8th Place Overall. Explorer Spencer Shaw received 3rd Place Overall in the Top 20 Shooters in the nation for the 40 caliber firearms competition.
Off campus, the Explorers experienced hiking in several Indiana state parks and a zip lining adventure in Eagle Creek Park. The explorers learned to utilize teamwork during the zip lining adventure as they had to motivate and encourage each other to complete all of the obstacles with some being more than 30′ feet off the ground.
Deputy Jim Butterfield was given the opportunity to present at the conference. His presentation was on “How to Build Your Post”. This was heard by over 50 other posts advisors from around the Nation. Deputy Butterfield’s key note point was fundraiser projects to assist in funding your post.
Explorer Post 900 continues to prove itself committed to providing as many opportunities to its members as possible, developing skills of leadership, responsibility and dedication with every experience.
For more information about Post 900 please visit our website at WWW.POST900.COM or contact the lead advisor Deputy Butterfield at (727) 421-3149.