Law Enforcement Explorers Excel in Competition

Student Team from UT Dallas Wins in Crime-Scene and Traffic

April 9, 2008

UT Dallas took home awards in a law enforcement competition held on campus over the weekend.

One team from the University’s Law Enforcement Explorers Post competed.  The Post 559 team, composed of UT Dallas students Kevin Grubbs, Jenny Chadick, Robert Haynes and Grant Mock, won second place in the misdemeanor traffic stop event and third place in crime-scene investigation.

Seventy-seven teams, including entrants from Oklahoma and Arizona, competed in the 2008 State Explorer Competition.  UT Dallas hosts the event every year.

The crime-scene event requires competitors to handle forensics and behave as they would in an actual investigation.  The misdemeanor traffic stop asks the Explorers to employ a seven-step protocol to determine whether circumstances in a traffic stop warrant a car search or arrest.

Other events include felony traffic stop, robbery in progress and hostage negotiation.

Law Enforcement Explorers is part of the Explorer Program Division of the Learning-for-Life Program (formerly a division of the Boys Scout of America).  The Law Enforcement Exploring program is endorsed by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriffs’ Association.

More than 2,800 police and sheriffs’ departments have organized Explorer posts specializing in law enforcement. The students from these posts can provide assistance in crime prevention programs and traffic control, and serve as aides to patrol officers.

Law Enforcement Explorers offers students experience, training and preparation for law enforcement careers. Explorers participate in many projects and activities, including:

  • Scenario Training
  • Training Seminars
  • Firearms Training
  • Competitions with other Explorer Posts
  • Crime Prevention Programs
  • Bike Patrol & Campus Escorts
  • Ride-Along Program

More information:  Lt. Steve Finney Jr., Commander, Office of Investigative & Special Operations, UT Dallas Police Department, (972) 883-2572, finney@utdallas.edu
Media contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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From left: Robert Haynes, Grant Mock and Jenny Chadick
The UT Dallas Law Enforcement Explorer team included (from left) Robert Haynes, Grant Mock and Jenny Chadick.

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