To the Editor:
My name is Andrianna Baez, I am an 11th grade student at CREC Academy of Science and Innovation. As many of you know, I am a New Britain Police Explorer. The pride I have in being an Explorer is like no other. You may see us volunteering at several city event,s helping with the crowds or directing traffic. When we’re not in the community helping out, we are preparing for the biggest day of the year, Stations Day.
On May 6, New Britain Police Explorers took off to the Connecticut Police Academy in Meriden. Annually, Police Explorer posts from around the state come together to compete in a variety of challenges. Various officers and advisors from around Connecticut simulate scenarios and incidents that police officers may encounter on a daily basis. Explorers respond to an event with a partner where you take on a role as an officer being called to a scene. On that scene, you are graded based on what actions you took and how well you handled the situation. Other events include physical training where you navigate a challenging obstacle course to test your physical ability in the shortest time possible.
On this day, many of our New Britain Police Explorers excelled in scenarios and were rewarded for the wonderful work they had done during this great day. Some of these awards included DUI, Physical Training, Cruiser Push, High Stress, Suspicious Person, Building Searches, etc.
Personally, I was honored to have been awarded second place for Suspicious Person with my partner Jocelyn Pagan. We were complimented on our communication skills and how we handled things.
Some key things I’ve learned within this year in Police Explorers is to consistently have confidence in yourself, not to make any hesitations on scenes and be deliberate in making decisions.
Everything went well and I am very proud of New Britain’s Police Explorer Post 25. We will be back and better next May to receive more awards! I would like to thank all of our Police Explorers, Chief Wardwell and, most of all, our Police Explorer advisors for dedicating their time to us every week.