Congratulations to PCSO Explorer Post 1875 in Chandler Competition

Congratulations to PCSO Explorer Post 1875 in Chandler Competition

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post competed in the 2014 Chandler Police Explorers Competition in Chandler Arizona. Their team consisted of 15 Explorers and competed against 56 teams from around the country in tactical based scenarios for three (3) days. They placed in the following events:

  • 1st Place in Multi-Level Assault
  • 2nd Place in High Risk Warrant
  • 3rd Place in Rapid Response
  • 4th Place in Tactical Emergency Medical Support
  • 5th Place in Vehicle Assault

Four of our explorers, Lt Matthew Santiago, Jared Riley, Jacob Cooper, and Daniel Villalobos, made up 1 of only 5 teams that completed the extremely rigorous SWAT physical challenge. Although they did not win a trophy, just completing the event was a major accomplishment.

In addition our team was awarded the coveted Carlos Ledesma Team Spirit Trophy. Named after fallen officer Carlos Ledesma, this award is the most prestigious and meaningful award of the evening. It is awarded to the team that showed the greatest level of spirit, sportsmanship, and dedication during the

competition. It is a great honor to bring this award back to Pinal County.

Congratulations to our 15 PCSO Explorers:

  • Explorer Sgt Sebastian Arganis - Team Leader 
  • Explorer Lt Seth Swinton
  • Assistant Team Leader Carlos Bermudez
  • Explorer Lt Matthew Santiago
  • Explorer Sgt Jenny Riley
  • Explorer Sgt David Horvath 
  • Explorer Sgt Nicholas Versteeg
  • Explorer Sgt Lori George
  • Explorer Sgt Jacob Fakih 
  • Explorer Sgt Samuel Horn 
  • Jared Riley
  • Daniel Villalobos
  • Xenia Hurtado
  • Onica Rice
  • Jacob Cooper

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “I continue to be very proud of our youth explorers. They have shown great discipline and maturity in this law enforcement leadership program. By investing our time, training and mentoring of our youth it shall prove valuable as they grow into leaders in our community.”