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Westwood Police Explorers finish third in competition

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The Westwood Police Department’s Explorer Post took third place at the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Explorer Competition held in Charlton this past Saturday.

Thirteen Westwood Explorers competed against teams from across the Commonwealth and New York. The various officers and advisers simulated scenarios and incidents police officers might encounter in the line of duty and then assessed how well the explorers handled the situation.

Scenarios included OUI Traffic Stop, Building Search, and High Stress, in which Westwood explorers placed first. Second place finishes included Arrest & Search, Street Crimes, and Physical Agility, and third place in Domestics.

Sgt. Paul Sicard, post advisor and former explorer, noted how proud he is of the post’s accomplishment.

“[I am] immensely proud, but not surprised with their success,” Sicard said. “These young men and women, in addition to volunteering numerous hours to help out at town events, are dedicated to learning what Westwood’s officers do on a daily basis in service to the Town.”

The Explorer program is sponsored and operated by Chief Jeffrey Silva and the officers of the Westwood Police Department. It is open to students from ages 14-21, and provides Westwood’s young adults interested in a career in law enforcement with the opportunity to learn from and work for the Westwood Police Department through regular meetings, training sessions, ride-alongs, community service projects and more.

For more information about the Westwood Police Department’s Explorer Program, visit the “Services” tab of westwoodpd.org, or contact Sgt. Paul Sicard at 781-320-1000.

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