Law enforcement officers statewide joined forces last week with Washington teenagers for a week long police explorer academy, which proved to be a very intense way for young adults to learn what it might be like to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Of the more than 150 cadets, eight of them were from Mason County.
This year's Washington State Law Enforcement Explorer Academy was held in Maple Valley, where Mason County Sheriff's Detective Danielle Rickards was the tactical training officer and helped train the cadets in many classes including firearms & marksmanship, drill & ceremony, physical fitness, handcuffing techniques, leadership skills, accident scene procedures, bomb threat response, proper equipment usage, law enforcement protocols, and criminal law.
Mason County's explorer program is a multi-discipline public safety program where the explorers have the opportunity to learn law enforcement, fire fighting, and emergency medical services.
The Mason County Public Safety Explorer graduates are: Ethan Evens, Emily Frost, Zahra Vivero, Chris Frost, Veronica Esterly, James France, Austin Sillars, and Patrick Belliele.
Included in the photo are Mason County Sheriff's Office Chief Criminal Deputy Russ Osterhout and Det. Danielle Rickards.