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 June 20th, 2013  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post hosts week-long statewide conference for the first time, according to Sheriff Mascara
A week-long, statewide Sheriffs' Explorer conference will take place in St. Lucie County starting Sunday, hosted and organized for the first time by St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post 400, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Our Sheriff's Explorer Post had the honor of being selected to host the conference," Sheriff Mascara said. "This involves careful planning and making all the arrangements for a successful conference for the 250 Explorers and adult advisors who will attend."

This time of year is usually a slow time for the county's hospitality industry, and there will be a positive impact on the county's economy with 250 Explorers and adult advisors staying here for a week, said the Sheriff.

"Our Explorer Post selected the host hotel, planned all the competition events and activities and made all logistical arrangements. I'm proud of all 42 of our Sheriff's Explorers, ranging in age from 14 to 21, and our law enforcement advisor, Deputy Sal Anicito, for taking on such a demanding task," Sheriff Mascara said.

The Board of Directors of the Florida Sheriffs' Explorers Association chose Post 400 to host the yearly, week-long conference. Post 400 hosted one of three yearly weekend statewide Sheriffs' Explorer conferences in September 2010, Sheriff Mascara said. But this is the first time Post 400 has hosted the statewide conference.

The host hotel is the PGA Hilton Garden Inn in St. Lucie West.

The week's activities include competition in firearms, felony traffic stops, building searches, physical agility, unknown risk traffic stops, crime scene investigations, an "officer down" scenario and other events. These competitions further the Sheriffs' Explorers' mission of providing carefully supervised activities designed to give youngsters training in the work of a Sheriff's Office and performing community service related to these activities.

The concluding event of the conference will be an awards banquet at the Island Club at PGA Village, St. Lucie West. Special guest speaker at the dinner will be Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Diamond Litty.

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post 400 is accepting applications for members, age 14 to 21. Those who want more information may call the Post's law enforcement advisor Deputy Sal Anicito at 772-370-3715, or by visiting stluciesheriff.com/explorers on the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office website.

St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post 400 has been serving the community since 1984.

Sheriff's Deputy Sal Anicito supervises the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Explorer Post 400.  The participants, who have expressed an interest in a criminal justice career, train each week. They study law enforcement-related topics, volunteer their time within the Sheriff's Office, and perform numerous hours of community service at functions in St. Lucie County.

"The Explorers assist us in countless ways," said Sheriff Mascara. "Explorers help at the county fair, at parades, with Crime Stoppers, at the Exchange Club CASTLE Chili Cook Off, and at neighborhood watch programs and parades. Explorer programs are well supervised activities that bring out the finest in our young people."

Community service projects include beach cleanups, fingerprinting children at numerous locations throughout the county, and assisting with parking at special events.

Explorers raise funds to support many of their programs through car washes, cookie and pizza sales, and other events.
Participants attend statewide conferences for law enforcement-related Explorer posts, where they compete in law enforcement contests and increase their knowledge of the criminal justice system.

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