A Santa Monica Police Department Explorer Program participant took second place in the obstacle course competition and the Explorer team earned third place in three team events at the Channel Islands Explorer Competition Saturday and Sunday, June 21st and 22nd.

Santa Monica police Explorer Alexis Cornejo finished in second place among the girls in the obstacle course event at the competition, hosted by the Oxnard Police Department. The events were held at locations in Oxnard, Camarillo and Ventura.

The competition, which tested each team’s skills in 17 events involving simulated police calls and scenarios, involved 400 Explorers representing 30 Explorer posts from five states. Police said the Explorers endured record-breaking heat throughout the weekend competition.

The Santa Monica post took third place in the Bus Assault, Relay Race and Hostage Rescue events. This year’s team consisted of 11 Explorers who ranged in age from 14 to 19 years.

Team members included Adam Prado (captain), Steve Prado (lieutenant), Dimitry Malkov (sergeant), Marco Franco, Frank Cornejo, Alexis Cornejo, Jesus Torres, Christian Franco, Edgar Sernas, Erik Cuellar and Alex Berry.

The Law Enforcement Explorer Post exposes youths with an interest in law enforcement to the various assignments in a law enforcement agency. The program emphasizes career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education and leadership experience.

The Santa Monica team was led by advisors Lt. Darrell Lowe, Sgt. Greg Smiley, Officer Bobby Villegas, Detective HeeSeok Ahn, Officer Sean Stockwell and crime prevention coordinator Suzie Kim.

Information on Santa Monica Police Department Explorer Post 709, (310) 458-8474 or www.san tamonicapd.org/.

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