Sunday, May 17, 2015

Pacifica police program youths hone crime-fighting, crisis-intervention skills at competition


Pacifica Police Explorers, from left, Chris Shiokari, Haley Barnhard, Kristina Borg, Janelle Moore, Andrew Shiokari and Kristina Smathers participated in a state competition.

Youths from the Pacifica Police Department program recently brought home a couple of trophies from the annual State Capital Explorer Challenge, which was hosted in Sacramento by the California Highway Patrol.

During the three-day event, competitors from 50 Police Explorer programs statewide were put to the test in a variety of mock scenarios designed to closely resemble the kinds of situations police officers might encounter in the field. Pacifica Explorers Andrew Shiokari and Kristina Smathers received a third-place award for their performance in the critical incident-mentally unstable person category.

And Smathers, along with Shiokari’s brother, Chris Shiokari, also earned a fifth-place award in the physical ability-obstacle course event. Also representing Pacifica were Explorers Haley Barnhard, Kristina Borg and Janelle Moore. Other events the six youths competed in included traffic accident investigation, DUI investigation, active shooter, traffic stop, felony traffic stop, hostage negotiation, burglary in progress, white-collar crime, crime scene investigation and bomb threat.

Police Explorer programs nationwide are sponsored by Learning for Life, a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. The program is open to youths 14 to 20 years old, and participants are typically students interested in law enforcement careers.


Posted by Steve Sinai

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