Students compete at law enforcement conference


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OKALOOSA COUNTY – The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post #543 competed in the 2017 June Conference last week. 

Explorer Posts from all over Florida attended the annual conference to compete in a series of simulated events, according to a press release by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. 

These competitions consist of the following; high risk traffic stops, felony traffic stops, domestic violence, crisis intervention, active shooter, officer down, physical agilities test, drill formation, crime scene and also a .22 caliber bulls-eye pistol competition, the release said. 

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office hosted this year’s conference in Cape Canaveral. 

Out of these competitions, the Okaloosa Explorer Program placed as follows:

Physical agilities: 1st place female – Expl. Lt. Taylor Rogers with a time of 3:14.

Drill formation: 3rd place – Expl. Lt. Isaiah Taylor, Expl. Capt. Jayden Wright, Expl. Sgt. Mathias Westmoreland, Expl. Lt. Taylor Rogers, Expl. Kylee Houk, Expl. Zack Poe and Expl. Tevin Federick.

Unknown risk traffic stops: 2nd place – Expl. Maleah Spooneybarger and Expl. Madison Rogers.

Crisis intervention: 2nd place – Expl. Kylee Houk, Expl. Capt. Noah Stroshine, Expl. Lt. Isaiah Taylor and Expl. Cpl. Gavin Spence.

Domestic violence investigations: 1st place – Expl. Capt. Noah Stroshine and Expl. Lt. Taylor Rogers.

In the .22 cal. pistol competition, the following Explorers placed accordingly:


Tevin Frederick, 2nd place Marksman Class; Noah Stroshine, 2nd place Sharpshooter Class; Gavin Spence, 1st place Tyro Class; Jayden Wright, 2nd place Tyro Class; and Mathias Westmoreland, 3rd place Sharpshooter.

The following Explorers also received recognition awards:


FSEA Regional Explorer of the Year for the Western Panhandle District:

Female: Taylor Rogers. Male: Isaiah Taylor. 

Taylor Rogers was also selected for the Christa Hoyt Award. This award is given to the Explorer who showed a commitment to law enforcement and their community.