Photo: Cadets and Awards
Last week, on June 14, 2014, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Cadets traveled to the called Explorer Conference "Ex-Con" national competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year's competition attracted Cadet and Explorer programs from around the nation.
At Ex-Con, Cadets compete in various events that simulate situations law-enforcement officers deal with on a daily basis and situations officers deal with only in extreme circumstances. The events range from traffic stops to active-shooter scenarios. The events are supervised and critiqued by full-time law enforcement officers who are often experts in that particular discipline.
Clackamas County Cadets have attended and been successful at this competition over the last several years. This year was no different -- with the Cadets earning:
• First Place awards in "Officer Down," "Air Soft Shooting" and the "Obstacle Course" (male);
• A Second Place award in "Subject Stops";
• And Fourth Place finishes in "Police Bicycle Patrol" and "Obstacle Course" (female).
Clackamas County is already known around the state for having one of the best Cadet programs, and CCSO Cadets are quickly gaining recognition around the country for the program's continual success at these types of competitions.
The cadet program at Clackamas County is a volunteer program for people between ages 15-21 who are interested in careers in law enforcement. Cadets participate in ride-alongs with deputies, help with events around Clackamas County, perform community service and train for events like this. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Clackamas County Cadet Program, click here.
Deputy Marcus Mendoza
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office