The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post 457 spent five days in Denver, Colo., in July competing in the 2012 Law Enforcement Explorer Nationals.
The competition, which began on July 16 at Colorado State University, featured about 6,000 Explorers representing various law enforcement agencies across the nation, a press release stated.
The Explorer teams competed in events including ” shooting, driving, police biking, physical agility,” and other law enforcement-related scenarios. Post 457 competed in six scenarios.
The team, Andrew Ilg, Darian Lim, Jamie McElhinney and Tristan Grooman, were awarded first place in white-collar crime. “The event included tactical approach and entry into the business, execution of search warrants to include contact and interview of the suspect, contact and interview of the victims, search and evidence collection and processing inside the business, culminating with an arrest,” the press release stated.
Andrew Ilg was also awarded fourth place in the biking event.
This was the third time Post 457 has competed in the Nationals. The post is comprised of about 15 local youths, ranging in age from 14 to 20. Funds donated from the community and raised through community events covered the entire cost of the trip.