PCSO Explorers bring home top SCALE honors


Staff Report



PICKENS COUNTY — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post#138 is the state title holder for being named the 2016 Explorer Post of the Year and first place overall during the S.C. Association of Law Enforcement Explorers (SCALE) competition.

Eight Explorers from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post#138 were in attendance at this year’s event, held July 18 through July 22 in North Charleston. The 2016 competition was attended by 14 teams of Explorers sponsored by 11 different law enforcement agencies.

“Our Explorer Program is a reflection of our entire agency in that we strive to serve as a model for other programs to follow,” Sheriff Rick Clark said. “The future for law enforcement in Pickens County has never been brighter with the quality of young men and women that are already experiencing the calling to serve others through public service. I am so very proud of our Explorer Post and of our deputies that graciously devote so much of their personal time to this program.”

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Explorers were named the SCALE Post of the Year 2016, an award given to the group with outstanding community service and superior leadership. They also brought home the 2016 First Place Overall Award after achieving the highest average score accumulated from team events.

The Pickens County Sheriff’s Explorers placed first in Domestic Violence, Armed Robbery and Open Door/Burglary. Explorer Captain Brandon Smith placed first in Individual Pistol and Explorer 1st Class Kaleb Grant placed first in Physical Agility (male).

The Explorer program is a nationally recognized program among law enforcement agencies. Interested candidates should contact Pickens County Deputy 1st Class Elijah Chapman at 864-898-5539 or by email at elijahc@co.pickens.sc.us for more information.

Staff Report

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