YORK, SC / SALEMBURG, NC - The week of June 16-21 five members of the York County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 1786 attended the North Carolina Academy for Law Enforcement Explorers (NCALEE) training camp at the North Carolina Justice Academy Salemburg, North Carolina.

York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant is happy to announce two Explorers brought home academic awards.  Explorer Tayler Case was awarded the Master Police Officer Jeremiah M. Goodson Jr. Advanced Class Academic Award.   Explorer Britney May won the Basic Class Deputy Charles Hester Academic Award.  The academic award is given to the Explorer with the highest test average at the end of training.

Each award given is named after law enforcement personnel that have died in the line of duty.  Officer Goodsen of the Lumberton, NC Police Department died in the Line of Duty on July 17, 2012.   Deputy Hester served with the Bladen County, NC Sheriff’s Office and was killed in a vehicle collision on June 8, 2012 while responding to a call.

The 2013 Advisor’s Award was given in honor of York County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent McCants. The award is given to the Explorer who displayed the most dedication, determination and positive attitude during the week. The award was given to Madison Nowlinn of the Cabarrus County, NC Explorer Post.  Deputy McCants was shot and killed during a traffic stop September 25th 1992.

Also attending the camp was Taylor Eddington (Advanced Class), Matthew Rushing and Mathew Beatson (Basic Class).  In addition, Sgt. Robert Wooten and Deputy Mike Doty of the York County Sheriff’s Office served as academy advisors for the week.

The York County Sheriff’s Office was the only South Carolina Law Enforcement agency to send a group of Explorers to the training camp. 47 Explorers attended this year’s camp. 

During the week, Explorers are treated as if they are attending a real criminal justice academy.  Explorers began their day at 5:30 in the morning with physical training, and then throughout the day learned many aspects of law enforcement from crowd management to criminal investigations. 

The Explorer Program is designed to attract well-qualified young men and women to participate in organized on-the-job-training that could help prepare them for a career in law enforcement, or related field. The program is open to students age 15-20. Students and parents can learn more about Explorers online at www.exploring.learningforlife.org, and they can learn more about York County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 1776 by contacting Sergeant Lee Stoneburner 803-628-6245.