Hundreds of youths took part in the three-day Central Valley Explorer Competition to test their law enforcement skills through different scenarios at Sierra High School in Manteca.

Tracy Police Department Explorers Post 504 and Tracy CHP Explorer Post 266 were part of the 36 teams from across California and neighboring states who took part in the ninth annual competition.

They rotated through 16 scenarios, which included a simulated traffic stop, DUI investigation, active shooter situation and bus assault. Police officers from different area departments served as actors and judges for the events.

Explorer posts affiliated with law enforcement agencies are open to youths ages 14 to 21. The competition is designed to give them a chance to test their knowledge in the sort of settings that many law enforcement officers experience in their careers.

Competing with the Tracy Police Department Explorers Post 504 were Cody Cleary, Austin Crow, Natalie Mangskau, Raymond McDonald, Alexander McGibney, Isabella Ochoa, Ana Olmos and Jason Ortiz.

The team took won first place in its division in four scenarios: crime scene investigation, critical incident, disturbance and hostage negotiation.

The Tracy CHP Explorer team did not win any trophies this year.

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