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La Porte Police Department
News Release
Friday, August 04, 2017

LPPD Youth Explorers bring home Trophy
Members of LPPD’s Explorer program proudly display Crime Scene Trophy

On Saturday July 29th, 2017 the La Porte Police Explorers Post 627 attended the Police Youth Explorer Games 2017 held in Burnet, Texas.  Burnet is located just outside of Austin, where the weather was very hot and sunny with events being held both indoors and outside.  The La Porte Police Explorers represented the City of La Porte well, taking 2nd place in Crime Scene Processing. 

A total of 17 teams from around the state came to compete in 10 events including; DWI Stops, Traffic Stops, Suspicious Death, Tactical Challenge, Felony Traffic Stops, Crime Scene Search (Burglary), Domestic Violence, Accident Investigation, Officer Down/ Rescue/ First Aid, and Mentally Unstable Persons.  The competition was intense with Awards and Trophies given to 1st and 2nd place winners.

The LPPD Police Explorers are under the guidance of volunteer Explorer Post Advisors Detectives Frank Fullbright, Jeff Dalton and Officer Roger Gonzalez.  The Explorers Post meets on Thursday Evenings at the La Porte Police Department (LPPD).  The Police Explorer Program is in its ninth year with LPPD.  Eight Explorers were able to attend the event. They began the competition at 8am and did not finish until late into the evening.  The Explorers competed against 16 other Posts in all ten scenarios.   The LPPD Explorers took 2nd place in Crime Scene (Burglary).  This scenario required the Explorers to respond to and work the crime scene the same as a commissioned police officer. 

Law Enforcement Exploring is a hands-on program open to high-school-aged young men and women who are interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system. The program offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.

La Porte Police Department’s Support Services Police Area Representatives (P.A.R. Officers), along with several police officer volunteers, sponsor the group and provide training in a vast array of topics including: The History of Policing, Crime Scene Investigation, Traffic Enforcement Procedures, S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) Activities, Criminal Investigation Techniques, Firearms Safety, and much more.

There is no cost for participating in the Explorer program. Explorers may also participate in the Patrol Ride-Along Program upon obtaining permission from their legal guardians. The Police Department encourages interested youth to contact the agency’s program coordinator, Officer Roger Gonzalez, at 281-842-3183 for more information regarding enrollment into the youth Explorer Program.

Remembering Jim Guidry

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