HARTFORD — Twenty youth police officers recently captured top awards from a New England law enforcement competitions.
Captains Michael Rivera and Kelvin Ruiz were awarded first place for building searches while Lieutenant Matt Lewis and Explorer Cristal Marie Reyes garnered second place for domestic disputes and Explorer Rickan Williams and Explorer Evelise Morales won first place in reported assaults.
The winners wer among the other Hartford Police Explorers who participated in a statewide competition against other Explorers and Cadets from the greater New England area in a Stations Day Competition sponsored by the Northeast Regional Law Enforcement Educational Association, Inc.
During this event, teams of participants competed in scenarios in which they have been received training. Some scenarios included mock domestic violence incidents, a physical agility obstacle course, building searches, motor vehicle stops and high stress scenarios. The teams were then graded on their performance and the best 3 best overall teams received an award for their accomplishments.
The explorer program was developed to provide local youths a hands-on opportunity to learn about the law enforcement profession. The program also attempts to develop youth between the ages of 14 and 20 by instilling self respect for themselves and others, teaching the importance of team work, developing their senses of responsibility and accountability, developing leadership skills, and promoting citizenship and community service.
For more information about the Hartford Police Department’s Explorer Program please contact Detective Nikki Mordasiewicz at 860-757-4247 or visit the Hartford Police Department’s website at www.hartford.gov/police.