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Monday, July 23, 2012

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department will host the South Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Explorers 2012 Summer Conference, which will begin on Monday, July 23 and end on Saturday, July 28.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the opening ceremony for the conference will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 23 at the auditorium at Lexington Middle School, 702 North Lake Drive, Lexington. The conference will conclude with an awards banquet and closing ceremony that will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 28 at the Brookland Banquet and Convention Center, 1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia.

The Explorer program is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, Metts said. The program provides excellent training and personal development for teen-agers and young adults who are interested in careers in law enforcement. Teen-agers and young adults who participate in the Explorer program receive instruction concerning moral, ethical and professional values, preparing them to become mature and responsible citizens and future leaders in their communities.

More than 100 law enforcement explorers from 11 law enforcement agencies in South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia will participate in the conference, Metts said.

Metts said law enforcement explorers from the following agencies will participate in the conference: Anderson Police Department, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Cayce Department of Public Safety, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, Charleston Police Department, Columbia (Tenn.) Police Department, Henrico County (Va.) Police Department, North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Summerville Police Department.

During the conference, law enforcement explorers will participate in team competitions in the following 10 categories: unknown-risk traffic stop, high-risk traffic stop, active shooter, criminal domestic violence, courtroom testimony, arrest warrant, drug search warrant, building entry, crime scene investigation and crisis intervention, Metts said.

Law enforcement explorers also will participate in individual competitions in six categories: legals, incident report writing, traffic collision report, physical ability test, firearms and emergency vehicle operations, Metts said.

During the conference, law enforcement explorers also will receive instruction concerning officer survival, use of force, defensive counterstrikes and laser shot, Metts said.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department established its Explorer Post #106 with the Boy Scouts of America in 1976, Metts said. Hundreds of young men and women have participated in the Explorers Post in the past three decades.

The Explorers Post has served as an excellent recruitment tool for the Sheriff’s Department, Metts said. Over the years, Metts has hired many former Explorer cadets to work as full-time deputies.

Members of the Explorers Post create fingerprint identification cards for children so that children can be readily identified in the event that they are reported missing, Metts said. They also direct traffic at various businesses during the busy Christmas holiday shopping season.

Metts said the following businesses and groups are sponsoring the law enforcement explorers conference: Fatz, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post #106, Pitt Stop Convenience Stores, Lexington County Law Enforcement Officers’ Association, Lexington County Sheriff’s Foundation, South Carolina Police Combat League, GRIDS Security Services, JB Advertising Ventures, Michelin North America, Comfort Suites of Lexington, First Community Bank, VFW Post 5091 Ladies’ Auxiliary (Charleston), Honda of Columbia, Palmetto Firearms, Mediterranean Café, Papa Johns, Lexington Bowl, DJ Mike Crider, Congaree State Bank, Lexington Medical Center, N.W. White Trucking, Cohn Construction, Publix, Target, Walter P. Rawl & Sons, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Larry’s Giant Subs, Scoops, All Star Pizza, Groucho’s Deli, Bojangles, Chick-Fil-A, Gaston Park & Associates, Joint Municipal Water & Sewer Commission, Wendy’s, Quality Signs and Lucas Septic Tanks.

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