During the week of June 23-30, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Explorers attended the Explorer State Conference in Port. St. Lucie, according to Sergeant Emily Lumpkin, advisor.
The conference consisted of intense training and competition in law enforcement activities, such as building searches, felony traffic stops, domestic violence, officer down, crime scene investigation, and force on force training.
Lumpkin said the Explorers were given information on natural disasters and how to handle them. Then they got to tour the Emergency Operations Center, a multi-agency dispatch center with holding shelters and a morgue.
“The St. Lucie County Swat Team and bomb squad did a live demonstration where they used their Aviation/ K-9 unit to catch robbery suspects,” said Lumpkin. “That led them on a high speed chase where the suspects ran from their vehicle and took a school bus hostage while armed with a bomb.”
Lumpkin said the SWAT Team/Bomb Squad quickly took charge of the situation and the suspects were arrested.
The week wasn’t all work and no play, as the Explorers got to spend a fun-filled day at Rapid Waters Park. All in all, Lumpkin said the Explorers were elated with the entire experience.
Explorers who attended were T'keya Curry, Sierra Beck, Doneshia Marshall, Oneshia Jones, Jristin Smith, Sadarius Joseph and Brianna Hawkins, who were accompanied by Lumpkin and Sergeant Cornelius Bennett, associate advisor.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 556 is a member of the Boy Scouts of America and adheres to the principles set forth by the Boy Scouts of America Explorer programs across the nation. The Explorers meet and compete in training events such as traffic stops, hostage negotiation training, search techniques, and proper procedures for arrest. To become an Explorer you must:
- Have completed the 8th grade and are 14 years of age.
- Must be in good physical condition.
- Must be enrolled in school and maintain a 2.5 grade point average.
- Must complete the HCSO background check.
- Obtain a letter of recommendation from your school.
The Explorers meet every other Monday at 7 p.m. For more information on becoming an Explorer, please contact Sgt. Emily Lumpkin at (386) 792-1001 .