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Placer County Sheriff’s Explorers bring home top awards

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Local young adults exploring careers in law enforcement received top awards at a recent competition. The Placer County Sheriff’s Explorers work with deputies to see what jobs in the law enforcement field would be like. The Explorers are a non-Scouting subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America, according to Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. At a recent competition in Manteca with other law enforcement Explorers, the Placer County group was presented with a variety of situations including burglaries, hostage negotiations and high-risk traffic stops. They were expected to perform just as deputies would in the scenarios, Erwin said. According to Erwin, the Placer County group received first place medals in vehicle search, traffic stop and burglary-in-progress. They also received second place in the high-risk vehicle stop scenario and third place in building search and active-shooter situations. Erwin said the scenarios were described as very difficult and complex, and Placer County Sheriff’s deputy advisers helped the Explorers prepare for months before the competition. During the event, one Placer County Explorer found a meth pipe, which surprised the hosting agency, because it was not part of the scenario, Erwin said. The deputies who served as advisers were leader Richard Gray, Toby Williams, Steve Lawicka, Sasha Glenwinkel, Ken Skogen and Jessica Morrill. ~Staff report