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Reference: Portsmouth NH Police Explorers

Date of Release: September 13, 2005

On Sunday, September 11th, 2005 the Portsmouth Police Explorers, for the THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR, won the NH State Explorers Competition, officially marking this post as a DYNASTY !

Each year, the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America in conjunction with local law enforcement, run the NH State Explorers Weekend Challenge. This year the event was hosted by the NH National Guard Counterdrug Task Force at the NH National Guard Training Site in Center Strafford NH from Friday September 9th thru Sunday September 11th, 2005.

Over 100 people were in attendance including 52 cadets that competed in department represented teams of 4. These 14-20 year olds police cadets were tested and evaluated in 10 events. They were

  • M-16 Simulator Shooting accuracy and SWAT style scenario judgement control
  • Building Search for hiding criminals
  • Motor Vehicle stops involving cars and a tractor trailer truck
  • 1.5 mile obstacle course relay race
  • Unknown call which this year was dealing with a distraught and suicidal person
  • Drill and Ceremony
  • Crime Scene investigation
  • Cruiser push (moving a car from a intersection-timed event)
  • Police Entrance Written Exam
  • Emergency First Aid


Additionally, this overnight para-military style weekend, focused on leadership training, team building, and the importance of resisting negative peer pressure. Each morning they formed up in uniform to raise the flag and on Sunday September 11th, the formation paid a special tribute to the events that have happened within their lives and the people who are in harms way protecting all of us.

This was the 10th year that the event has run and those teams finishing within the top 3 will receive an invitation to attend the New England Explorers Competition held next June in Massachusettes. Other notable accomplishments that weekend were
  • 2nd place overall--Milford Mass Police Cadets
  • 3rd place overall- Dover NH Police Cadets
  • 13 teams entered and completed all exercises
The Police Explorer program has run continually with the Portsmouth Police for over 20 years. Designed to give the High School aged youth a first hand look at law enforcement as a possible career path, the 12 members of the Post meet once a week at the PD and engage in Police style training and participate in the ride along program. They attend a week long Police Cadet Academy in the summer and are deeply involved in community service projects in the local area.

For more information on the Portsmouth Police Cadets and this event contact Capt. David Ferland (event Chairperson) at 610-7406. For more information on Statewide Exploring and the Daniel Webster Council contact Exploring Director Heidi Foisy at 625-6431. For more information on the NH National Guard Training Site contact Site manager Chief Warrant Officer George Spaulding at 664-9185 or 228-1135 ext. 4705 for more information on the NH National Guard Counterdrug Task Force contact Chief Warrant Officer Michael Green at 228-3364.

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 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500