Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post 700 awarded top spots in national competition


Pictured above: Group Photo– Back row (left to right) Advisor Sinjin Nichols, Advisor Detective Kelsey Harrington, Richard Thomas, Dyllan Blackwood, Lee Develle, Jedi Lykins, Beckham Viacomi, Dylan Lakey, Lead Advisor Detective Dylan Houser, Advisor Deputy Marvin Schaffer
Front row (Left to Right) Connor Neff, Christopher Gomes, Amber Roach, Elizabeth Mejia, Melinda Carroll, and Ashton Ward.
Officer Down Scenario Photo – Explorers Jedi Lykins, Dylan Lakey, Dyllan Blackwood, and Richard Thomas.
Active Shooter Scenario Photo:   Explorers Kylan Lakey, Ashton Ward, Beckham Viscomi, and Lee Develle

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release

Lincolnton, NC – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post 700 returned home with several top honors at a National competition in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Post 700 attended the national explorer competition known as Winterfest February 8-9,2020 with more than 3,000 law enforcement and emergency service explorers, and youth from the venturing and scout programs from around the nation. A total of 111 law enforcement explorer posts competed in a wide range of law enforcement response and operation scenarios.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 700 took home the award for first place in the Officer Down scenario. The particular incident involved a team of four explorers being dispatched to a situation in which an officer is down and unresponsive.  Explorers are graded on their overall officer safety throughout the scene, treatment they provide the unresponsive officer, locating a suspect and successfully apprehending the suspect, interviewing witnesses, processing the crime scene and team work.

Explorers from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office were awarded fourth place in the Interview and Interrogation scenario where they were graded on proper interview room arrangement, building rapport with the suspect, proper application of Miranda warning, and obtaining a confession in the interview.

Explorers competed in numerous other scouting team and individual competitions and activities including drug identification, active shooter response, pistol and shotgun competitions, tomahawk throwing, air rifle, three-gun air pistol, climbing wall, rapelling wall, bouldering, rope climbing and archery

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office explorers brought home awards for second place in rope climbing, second and third place in tomahawk throw, and second place in pistol shooting.

The mission of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post is to develop advantageous qualities of character and to educate young men and women between the ages of 14 and 20 on law enforcement operations through hands-on experience while teaching explorers to become responsible citizens in the community.

If you are between the ages of 14 and 20 and are interested in a career in law enforcement, then Law Enforcement Exploring is for you.   The next meeting will be February 18, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, 700 John Howell Memorial Drive, Lincolnton, NC.

Author: WSIC editor