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John Sartain Explorer Competition draws future police officers

Posted at 7:12 PM, Aug 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-10 20:21:25-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The 6th annual John Sartain Explorer Competition was held at Flour Bluff High School on Saturday.

The Police Explorer Program is part of Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life. It is available to young adults ages 14 to 21.

"It prepares those individuals who wish to be in law enforcement but it also makes them a better person. It improves their leadership skills." Senior Officer Javier Cantu says.

There were 38 teams competing in 20 different real life scenarios set up all over campus. These scenarios included everything from felony traffic stops to active shooter situations.

"Every type of call that a patrol officer would get out on the street, these young adults are going to those calls and having to deal with similar problems." Cantu says.

And while they aren't actual calls, the simulations are extremely realistic.

Officers from different agencies across Texas judge the competition, scoring teams based on how they handle various situations.

Many of these young adults have always dreamt of becoming police officers and hope to honor those who have gone before them.

"Personally, I know an officer that was killed in the line of duty so I was running him through the back of my mind and everything, I knew I had to protect my fellow officers." says Trenton Goberd from Lafayette.

For more information on Police Explorers Post #133 in Corpus Christi visit: https://www.cctexas.com/departments/police-department/explorers