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Prescott Law Explorer Post competes in state tournament

Prescott Police Department Explorers Joe Ahlgren, Nick Fleischhacker and Joe Bond (left to right) represented Wisconsin at the 38th annual Minnesota Law Enforcement Explorer Conference in Rochester on April 25-28. The team fared wll in competition with Explorer posts from across Minnesota. -- Photo submitted

PRESCOTT -- Members of the Prescott Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post No. 3627 fared well in competition at the 38th annual Minnesota Law Enforcement Explorer Association State Conference in Rochester April 25-28, Chief of Police Mike R. Bondarenko announced.

Explorers Nick Fleischhacker, Joe Ahlgren and Joe Bond and their advisor, Officer Steve Robinson, scored high in four competitive events. Prescott was the only Wisconisn post that participated in the three-day program, which allows Explorers to practice law enforcement skills they have acquired in weekly training over the past year. The Explorers are high school students who are interested in law enforcement-related careers.

"Although they did not win the competitions they entered, they placed in four categories, Bomb Threat and Search, Crime Scene Search, Arrest and Search and Burglary Response," Bondarenko said. "This was their first competition, so they did very, very well, especially since they were up against some very large Twin Cities area posts."

The Explorers participated in four academic sessions, 13 practical exercises, a pistol shoot, sample police examination and a fitness run over three days.

The conference is sponsored by the Minnesota Law Enforcement Explorer Association, the Fraternal Order of Police, Minnesota Chief's Association, Minnesota Sheriff's Association and the Mall of America.

The Prescott Foundation has funded the post, which is made up of high school students from the Prescott area. "The generosity of the Foundation made it possible for these fine young people to participate in this character-building event," Bondarenko said.

The post is sanctioned by the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America.