Future CBP Officers Succeed in Explorer Competition June 1, 2010
Cincinnati - On May 22-23 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Explorer Post 2545 participated in the 36th Annual Greater Cincinnati Law Enforcement Explorer Competition. This two day competition featured 20 law enforcement posts from the metropolitan Cincinnati area including posts from Ohio and Kentucky.
During the two day competition explorers participated in several individual and team events including courtroom testimony; bike obstacle course; physical agility course; arrest; search and seizure; active shooter/first aid; auto accident investigation; traffic stops; crime scene search; and domestic violence intervention.
In courtroom testimony one of the CBP explorers scored an 80/80 and was awarded first place in the event. In the physical agility course all CBP explorers finished in under the 2 minute qualifying time with the fastest time being 1 minute 26 seconds. The CBP Explorer Post was strongly commended by all of the judges and role players for their professionalism, team work, and training involving areas that CBP, as an agency, does not normally participate in during the course of their daily mission.
"I applaud and commend those who volunteer their free time to the Explorer program," said David Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "It is this type of devotion and dedication that exemplifies the commitment of our explorers and advisors, along with the support of local management that has allowed this to program to flourish and develop into the solid and successful program it has become. It is very important that we, as an agency, provide these types of programs for our area youth to not only pursue careers in CBP and law enforcement but to become fine, upstanding and law abiding citizens as well as future leaders in our society."
At the end of the weekend the explorers placed in the top three in four of their eight events including first place in crisis intervention and active shooter/first aid and third in auto accident investigation and burglary in progress. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Customs and Border Protection Explorer Post placed fourth overall of the 20 posts. This is the best that this post has ever finished in any of the competitions it has participated in over the entire history of the program in Cincinnati.
CBP Explorer Justin Manning was selected as the recipient of the Joey Wood Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded by the family of Joey Wood who was a local Grant County, Kentucky, Sheriff's Explorer. Joey Wood was shot and killed in January 2002 as an innocent victim of a domestic situation.
Exploring falls under Learning for Life, a division of the Boy Scouts of America. CBP has one of the largest law enforcement Explorer programs in the federal government. Explorer Post 2545 is sponsored by CBP in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.