BUNNELL, FL – Over the weekend of March 17–19, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Explorers attended the Florida Sheriff’s Explorers Association (FSEA) Spring State Delegates hosted by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Over the three-day event, Explorers competed against Explorers Posts from other counties, took part in training classes, and participated in networking activities.

On Friday, March 17, Explorers competed in the firearms and physical abilities test competitions. Explorer Arjay Shaw placed first in the Marksman Division and is in the running for the Top Shooter Award, which will be awarded at this year’s Summer State Delegates in June.

Explorer Arjay Shaw receives his first-place medal from Deputy First Class Nicholas Champion

On Saturday, March 18, Explorers participated in training classes throughout the day. Training topics included low light building clearing, defensive tactics, hostage negotiations, and stop-the-bleed tourniquet application.

Additionally, FCSO Deputy First Class Nicholas Champion was appointed chair of the FSEA Training Committee.

The FCSO Sheriff’s Explorers program, Explorers Post 410, was established in 1986 to expose 14- to 18-year-old high school students in Flagler County to a career path in law enforcement. FCSO Explorers who successfully complete the program and wish to join FCSO after graduation from high school receive a scholarship from FCSO to attend the police academy for new deputies.

The Florida Sheriff’s Explorers Association meets each March, June, September and December for State Delegate Meetings. If you or someone you know is interested in joining an Explorers post, please contact the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Program by e-mailing FCSOExplorers@FlaglerSheriff.com or visit www.FlaglerSheriff.com/public-interest/explorers or visit the Florida Sheriff’s Explorers Association at www.SheriffExplorers.com.

“I am proud of all of our explorers who attended this event over the weekend and congratulate Explorer Arjay Shaw for his competition win,” said Sheriff Staly. “I started my career as a Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Explorer, so I am a strong supporter of the explorer program. I also thank our Explorer Advisors for mentoring our youth.”