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Covington Police Explorers Have National Success


The Covington Police Explorers recently participated in a national competition designed to showcase their law enforcement skills and placed third in one category. Held February 6 through 8 in Gatlinburg, Tenn., the Boy Scouts of America Winterfest Exploring competition drew 3,300 explorers in several disciplines from 17 states. The Covington Police Explorers placed third in the ‘Active Shooter’ challenge where Explorers demonstrated skills used when an uncontained active shooter poses a threat in a confined area like a school building.

The group also participated in the ‘Unknown Trouble,’ ‘Warrant Service,’ and ‘Officer Survival’ challenges placing in the top 50 percent of teams competing in each challenge. The Explorers scored a sixth place finish in the ‘Officer Survival’ contest where Explorers demonstrated knowledge in weapon retention, arrest and control techniques and knowledge of Georgia’s use of force law. Seebaran said Explorers get training in each competition by Covington police officers who have specialized training in that category.

In existence for 20 years, the Covington Police Explorer program currently has 23 Explorers, and boasts an impressive résumé of past Explorers who have graduated from the Exploring program to careers in the law enforcement industry. “The Explorer program is about a lot of things, but we focus on life skills that will make our Explorers better people regardless of what their career path may be,” Seebaran said. “We create an environment where we can teach and practice things like teamwork, excellence, and character.”

The Explorer program is open to students ages 14 to 20 and anyone interested in the program can call Officer Allan Seebaran at 770-385-2144 or visit cityofcovington.org for more information.

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