From crime scene processing to crisis intervention, Homestead’s next generation of law enforcement is leading the way. The Homestead Police Explorers won first place overall out of 22 teams and 200 individuals competing in the Southeast Regional Police Explorer Competition in March.
“As a Department, we’re so proud of these young people and their advisors for the hard work they put in,” said Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle. “They put in countless hours during the year, and this is proof that hard work really does pay off.”
The Homestead Police Explorers, along with their advisors Officer Shanell Wadley, Officer Robbie Tate, and Advisor Alisha Wiggins, attended the annual competition to showcase their law enforcement skills in various scenarios. The Homestead team won first place in the Domestic Violence Scenario, Crime Scene Processing Scenario, and Crisis Intervention Scenario. They also won fifth place in the Search and Arrest Scenario.
Several of the Homestead Police Explorers also received individual recognition in addition to the team’s overall win. Explorer Nicole Pontrelli placed second among all females in the physical agility obstacle course; Explorer Alize Menendez placed third among all females in the bicycle course; and Explorer Chris Rodriguez placed third among all males in the bicycle course.
The Homestead Police Explorers is a law-enforcement-based community service program that falls under the City of Homestead Police Department. Its purpose is to connect officers with youth who have an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement. After joining, each Explorer must complete the Basic Law Enforcement Explorer Academy where they learn about law enforcement and exercise, and participate in teambuilding activities.
More information on the Homestead Police Explorers is available at www.cityofhomestead.com/explorers