Covington Po­lice Ex­plor­ers, Post #222 ex­cel again

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Eigh­teen of the 26 mem­bers of the Covington Po­lice Ex­plor­ers trav­eled to Sa­van­nah and com­peted in six events dur­ing Sum­merfest.

Sum­merfest is an event for Law En­force­ment Ex­plor­ers, ages 14-20, con­sist­ing of phys­i­cal chal­lenges, in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tions and ca­reer com­pe­ti­tions. It gives ex­plor­ers a chance to show their skills while hav­ing fun meet­ing and com­pet­ing with other Law En­force­ment Ex­plorer Posts from through­out the South­ern Re­gion.

Sum­merfest was held at the Chatham County Sher­iff’s Com­plex near Sa­van­nah and hosted by the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica Coastal Ge­or­gia Coun­cil.

The Covington Po­lice Ex­plor­ers placed in the fol­low­ing five events: 1st in War­rant Ser­vice, 1st in Rapid Dress, 1st in Cell Ex­trac­tion, 3rd in Uni­form In­spec­tion and 3rd in Sus­pi­cious Per­son.

The Covington Po­lice Ex­plor­ers meet ev­ery Mon­day at 5:30 p.m. at the Covington Po­lice Depart­ment, and they are taught how to re­spond and deal with real life sit­u­a­tions as po­lice of­fi­cers do. The ex­plor­ers are also ex­posed to team build­ing ef­forts, fos­ter­ing lead­er­ship skills, build­ing self es­teem, build­ing char­ac­ter and learn­ing to be re­spon­si­ble and ac­count­able to them­selves and oth­ers. The pro­gram gives the ex­plorer the tools and train­ing needed to pre­pare for a ca­reer in Law En­force­ment.

The Covington Po­lice Ex­plor­ers are a large com­po­nent of the suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion of most com­mu­nity events oc­cur­ring through­out the year in the City of Covington. A few of the events Ex­plor­ers as­sist with: the Fuzz Run, Chee­rios chal­lenge, Re­lay for Life, Christ­mas Pa­rade, Scare on the Square, Fourth of July Cel­e­bra­tion on the Square, etc. Dur­ing these events the ex­plor­ers are re­spon­si­ble for traf­fic con­trol, traf­fic di­rec­tion, crowd con­trol and com­mu­nity re­la­tions, and they are su­per­vised by of­fi­cers of the Covington Po­lice Depart­ment.

The pro­gram is open to high school­ers who main­tain good grades, do not have a crim­i­nal his­tory and want to pur­sue a ca­reer in law en­force­ment.

The Covington Po­lice Ex­plor­ers, post No. 222 is al­ways re­cruit­ing new mem­bers. If you would like more in­for­ma­tion about the pro­gram and would like to join, con­tact Post Ad­vi­sor Of­fi­cer Allan See­baran at 770-385-2144.

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