On Saturday, June 4th, the Overland Park Police Department held the OPPD Explorer Challenge. The training was held at the Fire Training Center (12401 Hemlock) from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. 20 Explorers from Overland Park Police Department, Olathe Police Department, Spring Hill Police Department and Sugar Creek Police Department participated in the event. Explorer advisors critiqued the explorers as they investigated nine scenario based training exercises with students from St. Thomas Aquinas High School being the roll players for each scenario.
The scenarios included:
A domestic disturbance call, a stolen auto call, a commercial alarm, an auto burglary, a non-injury accident, a traffic stop, a strong arm robbery, a suspicious person call, and a building search.
At the end of the day the explorers with the best scores from each department received awards for their outstanding performances. This challenge gave the explorers the opportunity to have real life scenarios to provide firsthand experience on the daily activities of law enforcement.
The following are the qualifications to become an Explorer:
1. Must be 14 years of age, and graduated the 8th grade, through 20 years of age
2. Have and maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher
3. Have no misdemeanor convictions (including alcohol) in the last year
4. Have no felony convictions
5. Have a current and valid driver's license
6. Cannot be on diversion or probation.
Those who are interested in becoming an explorer will be required to complete an application and pay a minimal fee. Overland Park residency is not required to participate. In addition, the Explorer program meets the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
If you have questions or know someone who is interested in becoming an Explorer please contact Sgt. Melanie L. Pierce at 913-535-3041.