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Police Explorers

Law Enforcement Exploring is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade and are 14 years of age, or are 15 years of age but have not yet reached their 21st birthday.

Law Enforcement Explorer posts help youth to gain insight into a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities. For young men and women who are interested in careers in the field of law enforcement, Exploring offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth.

Want to learn more about Exploring? Visit the Learning for Life website.

Advisors: Officers Sofie Martinez, Steve Dieterich and Mark Mitzel
Contact Information: Officer Sofie Martinez at (254) 750-1760

Police Explorers photo featured on

Waco Police Explorers who volunteered their time and endured frigid temperatures at the Baylor vs. Texas game to assist Waco Police and Baylor DPS with traffic were featured on's "Photo of the Week." The Explorers helped direct traffic and offered other assistance after Baylor’s Big XII victory after the last game to be played at Floyd Casey Stadium ("the Case").  PHOTO




Waco Police Explorer volunteers pictured are (from left to right):

Sr. Explorer Madeline Martinez, Midway Explorer recruit, Diego Salazar, University
Explorer Celeste Amaro, Bosqueville
Recruit, Tanner Sheldon, China Spring Explorer recruit, Kelli Sharp, Reicher
Sr. Explorer Andrew Humble, Midway





Police Explorers Participate in 2012 Texas Law Enforcement Explorers Advisement Association (TLEEAA)

One team of 4 explorers from Waco Police Explorer Post 415 participated in the 2012 Texas Law Enforcement Explorers Advisors Association (TLEEAA) Explorer competition in Waxahachie on April 28th.

They participated in 4 events and placed in three of the following:  1st place-Robbery in Progress; 3rd  place-Active Shooter; 3rd place-Crisis Negotiations.  The team won 4th place out of 125 teams for overall team average.  Officer Sofie Martinez received the 2012 TLEEAA Advisor of the Year Award.

Members of the team and advisors are:   Left to right: Officer Sofie Martinez, Chad Krakowian, Brianna Gongora, Madeline Martinez, Officer Cody Leach and (kneeling) Andrew Humble

Police Explorers 2012


Police Explorers Win "Explorer Post of the Year"

On April 10, 2010,  Waco Police Explorer Post 415 participated in the 2010 Metroplex Law Enforcement Explorer Competition in Richardson, Texas.  The statewide competition is hosted by the Texas Law Enforcement Explorers Advisors Association (TLEEAA). A total of 78 teams participated in this competition.

A four-person team from the Waco Police Explorers competed in four police scenarios.  They placed in 3 out of the 4 scenarios which were:  2nd Place-Burglary in Progress; 2nd Place-Bomb Threat Response; 3rd Place-Misdemeanor Traffic Stop.  Waco Police Explorer Post 415 was named the 2010 TLEEAA "Explorer Post of the Year" for the state of Texas.  

Members of the team were (left to right): Chad Krakowian, Ryan Purvis, Justin Gonzales and Captain Hanna Orosco.

Police Explorers Dominate SWAT Camp Competitions

Our Waco Police Explorer Post 415 participated in the 2010 SWAT Camp from August 5 to August 8th.  During the 4 days the explorers participate in various outdoor competitions and training by the Fort Worth SWAT unit.  The competitions included a mini triathlon, bike race, canoe race, obstacle course, relay race.

Once again our explorers represented our department well.  Explorer Captain Hanna Orosco competed in the mini triathlon which consisted of a 75m swim, 1 mile bike race and 1 mile run.  Hanna came in with a 1st place time of 20 min 35 seconds.  Explorer Sergeants Chad Krakowian and Justin Gonzales placed 2nd in the canoe race.




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