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7/20/06-Tyler

East Texas Students Earn First Place In National Law Enforcement Competition

For the first time since 1998, Tyler's Law Enforcement Explorer Post earned 1st place in a national competition. Eight students from the Tyler area made the trip to compete with 4,000 others in Flagstaff, Arizona. It's an experience these students will never forget.   

"Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a police officer," said Olimpia Morales, Sophomore at TJC. Olimpia Morales, 20 joined the Law Enforcement Post when she was 14.

"They teach me a lot of different things, and since I'm trying to be a law enforcement officer, all of this is going to towards my training," said Morales. At the national competition, the students competed in four events. Crime Prevention, Traffic Accident Investigation, Crime Scene Search and Shoot Don't Shoot. The students earned 1st place in Crime Prevention.

"When they said, 5th place, 4th place, 3rd place and they got all the way to 2nd we were like could it be we got 1st place," said Abdias Rosales, John Tyler Senior. 

"It felt really good," said Morales. "All I could think of was screaming. " Allan Crosby with the Tyler Police Department advises the students. He says the things these students have to learn is far from easy.

"A lot of it, an officer wouldn't even be exposed to," said Allan Crosby, advisor. "These kids can do hostage negotiations. Well, we have specialized teams for that. The arrest, search and seizures, a SWAT raid, well, again we have specialized teams for that. They have to learn it all."  These future law enforcement officers learned it well, and they have the trophy to prove it.  

The Law Enforcement Explorer Post is part of the Boy Scouts of America's Learning for Life Program. It's open to students between 15 and 21 years old. If you're interested in joining, contact Allan Crosby at the Tyler Police Department.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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