Explorers Post 106 honored
The second declaration from the commissioners court recognized the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 106 in celebration of its one-year anniversary on Monday, Sept.27.
Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Matthew Murrey acts as the advisor for Explorer Post 106, which was formed in August of 2009.
"I tell you it is my pleasure every week to work with these guys – they are outstanding young men," Murrey told the court.
"As an Explorer when I was a teenager, to be in this position now through the Sheriff’s Office, it has come full circle for me."
Murrey said the members of Post 106 are 15-years-old and can continue in the program until the age of 20.
They meet weekly on the Southwestern Assemblies of God University campus.
Post members have participated in three competitions during the last year, competing in events mirroring realistic situations an officer might encounter in the field. Judging is done by active police officers.
At Regional competitions in Lake Jackson, the Post placed third in three events: bike patrol, agility and active shooter scenarios. At the State level, the team placed second for the "burglary in progress" scenario and third for a "domestic crisis" scenario.
At the National Police Explorer Competition held in Atlanta, Ga., team Captain Tyler Bonner earned third place recognition in non-emergency vehicle operations.