Each year, our Palm Beach Gardens Police Explorers participate in a statewide competition sponsored by FAPE – the Florida Association of Police Explorers. The competition was held this year in Palm Beach Gardens so our local Explorers felt right at home… and they showed it by finishing 2nd among 28 participating agencies and bringing home 10 trophies in highly competitive events. The competition allows Explorers from throughout the State of Florida to compete in thirteen (13) law-enforcement scenario-based events.
The competition kicked off on Sunday June 18th at St. Mark’s Episcopal School on Burns Road with Opening Ceremonies including an invocation by the Explorer’s Chaplain and presentation of the colors by the Explorer’s Color Guard.
Throughout the week some 300+ Explorers who had travelled from as far away as Tallahassee participated in various competitive scenarios at the PBG Police Training Center, the Palm Beach County Fire Academy and numerous other facilities in and around Palm Beach Gardens. Their evenings were spent at the Doubletree Hotel in Palm Beach Gardens where they slept, had their organized meals and always enjoyed the delicious, warm chocolate chip cookies that represent Hilton’s constant dedication to their guests.
The competition continued each day and often late into the night – a reminder that law enforcement is a 24 hour a day job. Explorer Post members from all across the state also had ample time to network, compare training ideas and enjoy being together with such a large group of other young adults who all shared a common interest – future careers in law enforcement.
Saturday morning was the day when each of the teams and individuals got to learn how they had scored and who had won the trophies. The closing event was again hosted by St. Mark’s School and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Gauger as well as Palm Beach Gardens Police Department Major Paul Rogers (a former Explorer himself) had opening remarks. Many local law enforcement personnel as well as some parents attended and were able to enjoy the awards ceremony.
Palm Beach Gardens Police Explorers won trophies in the following categories:
- Honor Guard Competition – 5th Place
- Active Shooter Response Scenario – 5th Place
- Use of Force Scenario – 4th Place
- Stolen Vehicle Response Scenario – 2nd Place
- In-progress Crime Response Scenario – 2nd Place
- Team Range Competition – 2nd Place
One Palm Beach Gardens Explorer walked away with a trophy in the individual physical agility competition and two local Explorers won trophies for their individual target shooting skills. One Palm Beach Gardens Police Explorer won an individual trophy as “Marksman of the Year” having shot a 271 with 300 being a perfect score.
All in all, the Palm Beach Gardens Police Explorers walked away with 10 trophies and of course SECOND PLACE in the overall Statewide Competition.
CONGRATULATION TO ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE EXPLORERS AS WELL AS THEIR ADVISORS AND COACHES! WELL DONE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!
The activities of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Explorers are funded in part by the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation.