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STLCC Students Earn Top Honors at Law Enforcement Explorer Academy

August 02, 2013

Amanda Schmidt  
Amanda Schmidt earned a pair of first-place awards at the Greater St. Louis Area Law Enforcement Explorer Academy.

St. Louis Community College police officer Ed Ucinski and 13 STLCC students participated in the recent Greater St. Louis Area Law Enforcement Explorer Academy at Maryville University.

The academy is part of the coed “Learning for Life” program, a partner with the Boy Scouts of America. The biennial academy is geared to the Police Explorers, part of the Law Enforcement Explorer program. The Police Explorers are youth aged 14-20 interested in law enforcement as a career. This year, 88 Explorers participated.

Ucinski has high praise for the program.

“The Law Enforcement Explorer program is one of the best programs for potential police applicants to be involved in. Not only does it provide you with a wealth of knowledge, it allows you to get the ‘hands-on’ aspect of what police officers do,” he said.

Over the course of the multi-day training, Explorers receive a post assignment and live on the campus. Each Explorer receives training in police duties, including officer rescue, survival, physical fitness and range shooting. There are three levels of the academy based on the Explorer’s experience, culminating in a graduation ceremony.

Two STLCC-Meramec students won first place awards for their work. Michael McDonald won the top honor in the physical fitness obstacle course for Level 3 males, and Amanda Schmidt won first place in the physical fitness obstacle course for Level 3 females and first place in marksmanship for Levels 2 and 3 with a score of 100.

“I am extremely proud of these young people for enduring the extreme heat, 16-plus hour days and other unpredictable situations that presented themselves,” Ucinski said. “Upon speaking with fellow advisors, we have come to the consensus that this class is the best one that has graduated from this area and these explorers have set a new precedence for all to follow. This is also the first time, to the best of my knowledge, that we have had a 100 percent success rate at any academy. This is a fitting tribute not only to the instructors, but also to the quality of the Explorers participating in our program.“