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Kingman Explorers excel at competition

DOUG McMURDO/Miner<BR>Members of the Kingman Police Department’s Explorer Post 47 stand with the trophies they won at the 2014 Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Explorer Competition held earlier this month in Marana. They are, from the left, Joshua Barroga, Nick Ortiz, Lt. John Smith, Cayden McLeod, KPD Officer Denny Gaddis, Lt. Lane Brock, Capt. David C. Snelling, Lindsey McDermott and Kerissa Salmon.

DOUG McMURDO/Miner<BR>Members of the Kingman Police Department’s Explorer Post 47 stand with the trophies they won at the 2014 Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Explorer Competition held earlier this month in Marana. They are, from the left, Joshua Barroga, Nick Ortiz, Lt. John Smith, Cayden McLeod, KPD Officer Denny Gaddis, Lt. Lane Brock, Capt. David C. Snelling, Lindsey McDermott and Kerissa Salmon.

KINGMAN - After seven years without competing, members of the Kingman Police Department's Explorer Post would have been happy earning a single trophy at the 2014 Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Explorer Competition held in Marana Oct. 11 and 12.

Instead, the teenagers came home with six pieces of hardware, an accomplishment that had Police Chief Robert DeVries smiling from ear to ear when post members were honored at last week's City Council meeting.

DeVries said 15 teams and 130 explorers from across Arizona competed in the two-day event.

"They're our future in law enforcement in Kingman," said DeVries.

Officer and post adviser Denny Gaddis said his hope was that the team might return with a single trophy, so coming home with half a dozen was huge.

The post won first place in Crisis Negotiations; second place in Report Writing and Courtroom Testimony, Use of Force Scenario and the Team Relay Race; and third-place trophies in the Written Examination and Tug-o-war.

DeVries said the team served as "excellent ambassadors" for the city. "This significant achievement speaks to the professionalism and dedication of our explorers and their advisers," he said.