On Tuesday, December 4th the Macomb Police Explorer Post #4044 held their Fall 2018 Award Ceremony to recognize the outstanding achievements of numerous explorers during the Fall 2018 semester. Collectively, the post has given over 186 hours of community service to McDonough County, supporting 12 different events, since August.
Letters of Commendation:
Corporal Kyle Sandhaas, Corporal McKenna Carbon, and Explorer Lauryn Baier all received Letters of Commendation for their exemplary performance throughout the semester. Their participation during post meetings, leadership, and willingness to mentor others went above and beyond.
Military Service Recognition Ribbon:
Explorer Eric Brands joined the Macomb Police Explorers in October of 2018. Brands is currently enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard, assigned to Bravo Company, 1-178 Infantry Battalion out of Elgin, Illinois.
Community Service Award:
The Community Service ribbon is awarded to explorers who provide a cumulative total of 100 hours of community service with the explorer program. Erbin Zejnuloski joined the explorer program in the spring of 2016, and since that time has participated in 26 different community service events. This semester Erbin met this goal, achieving 100 hours.
The tenure award is presented to explorers who complete one year of satisfactory service to the post. Explorers Zachary Lee, Richard Melone, Hunter Butler and Scott Murphy were all awarded the tenure award.
Physical Fitness Ribbon:
Physical fitness is an absolutely critical component of law enforcement. In Illinois, initially passing the Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER) Test is one of the first hurdles in becoming a police officer. The test includes a sit-and-reach, bench press, mile and a half run, and sit-ups. On September 18th explorers Michael Doran (4th award), Zachary Lee (3rd award), and Nimit Zaveri (1st award) successfully passed the POWER test and were awarded the Physical Fitness Ribbon.
Explorer Achievement Medal:
Cadet Captain Bryce Haddix was an irreplaceable asset to the explorer post this semester. Early on he was forced to transition from the Cadet Operations Officer to the Cadet Commander and assumed all duties, roles, and responsibilities typically performed by 4 different staff members. Bryce took on this challenge and simply performed. He ensured not only his success, but the success of the post by utilizing superb time management, delegation of responsibilities, and mentoring his subordinates. For his outstanding job performance and willingness to put in long hours to accomplish behind the scene tasks, Bryce was awarded the Explorer Achievement Medal.
Explorer 1st Class Richard Melone has served with the Macomb Police Explorers since September of 2017. Since that time he has been an absolute asset to the City of Macomb, the Macomb Police Department, and the Explorer Post. Richard has improved exponentially in the time he has been with the post and is one of the most competent explorers within the program. His understanding and practical application of case law is unprecedented amongst his peers. Richard is one of the hardest workers within the program and always volunteers for extra events and stays late to help others out. His ability to accept and apply constructive criticism and work as a member of a team speaks volumes to his dedication and maturity. Richard is participating in a study-abroad next semester but we hope to see him return to the post in the Fall of 2019.
Lieutenant Michael Doran has served with the Macomb Police Explorers since October of 2016. Since that time, he has relentlessly striven to enhance both other explorers’ and his own knowledge base. His natural ability to lead was quickly noticed within the post and in May of 2017 he was promoted to the rank of Explorer Corporal, and later Explorer Sergeant in January of 2018. In May of 2018 he was again promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and awarded Explorer of the Year. This past semester Michael stepped up yet again and led the post as the acting Captain, seamlessly applying his leadership talent and skillfully executing these new duties with ease. Michael is a servant leader who cares deeply for his subordinates and will leave behind a lasting impact with the program. Doran was offered a full-time position with the Beloit, MI Police Department and starts in January of 2019.
Promotion to Explorer Second Class:
Explorers Lauryn Baier and Katelyn Norton are being promoted to the rank of Explorer Second Class.
Promotion to Explorer First Class:
Explorers Nimit Zaveri and Hunter Butler are being promoted to the rank of Explorer First Class.
Promotion to Explorer Corporal:
Explorer Richard Melone is being promoted to the rank of Explorer Corporal.
Promotion to Explorer Sergeant:
Explorer Corporal Kyle Sandhaas is being promoted to the rank of Explorer Sergeant.
Promotion to Explorer Lieutenant:
Explorer Sergeant Nicholas Pampinella is hereby promoted to the rank of Explorer Lieutenant.
Promotion to Cadet Second Lieutenant:
Explorer Corporal McKenna Carbon is being promoted to the rank of Cadet 2LT. McKenna will return in the spring semester as the cadet operations officer and a post co-advisor.
Promotion to Cadet Major:
Cadet Captain Bryce Haddix is being promoted to the rank of Cadet Major. Bryce will continue to serve as the cadet commander in the spring semester.
Each year we recognize explorers aging out of the program with a subdued MPD explorers patch. The patch can be affixed to their bullet-proof vest once hired by a police department and serves as a reminder not only of their time in the post, but challenges them to mentor the next generation looking to enter into law enforcement. Explorer Lieutenant Michael Doran, Explorer Corporal McKenna Carbon, Explorer Richard Melone, and Explorer Justin White were all presented their subdued patches. This past semester 3 previous explorers were hired by the Illinois State Police, Rockford Police Department, and the Macomb Police Department.
Police Exploring is a career-oriented volunteer program sponsored by Learning for Life, a subsidiary program of the Boy Scouts of America. The program allows participants the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement by working with their local law enforcement agencies.
We educate young men and women in the field of law enforcement through classroom instruction and practical exercises. Our curriculum is meant to help the explorer decide if the field of law enforcement is right for them and provide a sound foundation for which they can build their career.