Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said in a press release on Tuesday “At the City Council meeting last night, we were very proud to recognize our five Hoquiam Police Explorers who recently graduated from the Explorer Academy in Yakima.

These five Explorers attended the Academy and spent 79 hours in training during the long week. They learned about discipline, physical fitness, policing and working hard. They reported it was one of the hardest things they have ever done, but the pain and sweat was worth the effort!

They each learned a great deal and networked with 190 other Explorers from around the state. The Academy was geared to be an inside look into law enforcement and the training required for the career path. As we know from our own lives, sometimes the thing which seems the hardest, the thing you are not sure you can complete, is the sweetest mountain to climb. This was the case for our Explorers. They actually enjoyed the challenge so much they want to go to the Advanced Academy later this year.

The Explorer Post is geared for youth from the ages of 16-20. Our Explorers are members of the department who not only ride along with officers, but also serve the community in many ways- you will next see them directing traffic at Logger’s Playday.

Congratulations to our Explorers and their graduation (Left to Right): Sgt. Kayla Robinette, Jordan Zapata, Courtney McCormick, RJ Abbott and Brisa Solano. Courtney was also recognized as third highest for physical fitness for females out of the entire Academy!

Good job to all of our Explorers and their Post Advisor, Det. Don Grossi. Mayor Dickhoff and the entire City Council are proud to have such great people at the City of Hoquiam!

The Explorer Post is an important piece of our Community Policing mission at the Hoquiam Police Department. It doesn’t matter if these young people want to go on to a career in law enforcement or criminal justice in the future or not, because no matter what, they will have learned, grown and experienced what it is to be a good citizen who contributes to their community.

I am very proud. Congratulations!
JEFF MYERS, Chief of Police

 

We posted a video on our Facebook page that evening: