During the week of June 24, 2012 the Lakeland Police Department Explorers competed with 31 other groups from across Florida at the Florida Association of Police Explorers State Competition in Crystal River, Florida. The competing teams were tested in 13 law enforcement scenario events including traffic stops, crime scene investigation, active shooter, crisis intervention and traffic crash investigation. The six member team of Jonathan Stephens, Kaylyn Wheeler, Kaitlyn Lally, Joshua Dorofy, Joshua Collins and Shelby Griffith from the Lakeland Police Department took first place honors in the Crisis Intervention category and placed 9th place overall.
The Explorer Program is designed for young adults between the ages of 14 and 20 who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Participants train alongside law enforcement officers each week at the department's training center. Meetings are held every Monday from 5:00PM – 8:00PM. For more information on the program and how you can sign up, call 863.834.6975.