(Dodge County) The Dodge County Law Enforcement Explorer Post gained first place honors at the Nationals Law Enforcement Explorer Conference held at Purdue University earlier this month. The event hosted by the Indiana State Police was attended by explorer posts from across the nation including posts as far east as Baltimore and as far west as Los Angeles.
Throughout the week, explorers competed in several team events including traffic stops, domestic response, arrest and search, emergency vehicle operations and Shoot/Don’t Shoot. It is in this last event that the Dodge County Explorer Post earned it’s first place win. The event places the explorers in several simulated potential deadly force situations that law enforcement officers could see in the field, which is considered to be the most stressful incidents that a law enforcement officer could ever face.
The event was judged by federal law enforcement agents who indicated that the Dodge County Explorers handled the situations presented to them better than they had ever seen. The Dodge County Law Enforcement Explorer Post has been in existence since 2008 when it was formed by Sheriff Dale Schmidt and other assisting advisors. Since it’s creation the explorers post has won multiple awards at the state and three national team awards.
Left to Right: Lieutenant Cole Weber, Explorer Brennan Giese, Captain Easton Meier