Several explorers were recognized Tuesday, December 5th for exemplary performance by the Macomb Police Department during the Fall 2017 Explorer Award Ceremony. In all, twenty-six awards were handed out to members of the post by the Chief of Police in recognition of their various achievements.
The Explorer Post offers the Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (P.O.W.E.R. Test) twice yearly, one in the spring and one in the fall. To pass, Explorers must achieve fitness standards within their gender and age brackets. These standards are set by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board and are a requirement for any applicant that wishes to become a police officer within the State of Illinois. This test is comprised of a bench press, sit and reach, sit-ups, and a mile and a half run. This fall the following explorers successfully achieved the standards set forth through the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board: McKenna Carbon (2nd Award), Michael Doran (2nd Award), Bryce Haddix (2nd Award), Zachary Lee, Michael Mueller (3rd Award), Courtney Neavear, Kyle Sandhaas (2nd Award), Renata Sturlic.
The Tenure award ribbon is awarded for one year of satisfactory service to the post. The following Explorers were awarded the tenure award: Michael Doran and Mark Pedzimaz.
The Military Service award ribbon is awarded to Explorers who have served in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States and have successfully completed initial entry training. The following explorers were awarded the Military Service ribbon: Zachary Lee, Scott Murphy, Nicholas Pampinella, and Renata Sturlic.
Letters of Commendation
Bryce Haddix received a letter of commendation for his leadership role as a squad leader with the explorer post. His effective ability to communicate, willingness to lead, and constant mentorship of subordinate explorers greatly contributed to the overall success of the post.
Michael Doran received a letter of commendation for his willingness to learn, apply new skill sets, and tireless mentorship of junior explorers. His efforts enhanced the overall quality of training and the experience of several explorers.
Nicholas Pampinella was awarded a letter of commendation for exemplary service. Nicholas’ enthusiastic attitude and his willingness to learn, teach, and assist other explorers contributed to the overall success of the explorer post.
Michael Mueller was awarded a Meritorious Service Award. Michael has served with the Explorer Post since 2011. Since that time his motivation, enthusiasm, and unparalleled work ethic have been instrumental in developing the Post. Michael’s skilled abilities to coordinate events, communicate, and uncanny ability to balance multiple tasks have made him an irreplaceable asset with both the Explorer Post and the Macomb Police Department.
Steven Huffman was awarded a Meritorious Service Award. Steven has served with the explorer post since 2012. Since that time his tireless efforts to improve the Explorer Post and develop subordinates greatly contributed to the overall success of the post.
Kevin Clouston was awarded a Meritorious Service Award. Kevin has served with the Explorer Post since 2015. Since that time his motivation, enthusiasm, and mentorship have resonated throughout the program and had a direct impact on countless members of the post. Kevin stepped up and fulfilled a crucial leadership role within the post contributing greatly to post meetings and enhancing curriculum. Kevin’s willingness to help others, his humble demeanor, and charismatic personality made him a role model for others to follow.
The explorer program is designed for individuals, age 14 through 21, interested in the field of law enforcement. After their 21st birthday, explorers are no longer eligible to remain in the post. This semester six explorers aged out of the program. Each was presented with a Velcro-backed police patch that can be affixed to their bullet proof vest once they are hired with a law enforcement agency. Explorers who received this special recognition were Michael Mueller, Steven Huffman, Kevin Clouston, Sam Newill, Bryce Haddix, and Dominic DeAngelis.
The explorer post currently has 26 members and has logged over 370 hours of community service within McDonough County during the Fall 2017 semester. Most recently they have participated in the WIU and MHS Homecoming Parades, Horn Field Haunted Trail Event, the Zombie 5K Run/Walk, Shop with a Cop, Coats for Kids, Dickens on the Square, and the YMCA Holiday Run/Walk.
The Macomb Police Department would like to thank all explorers for their countless hours of community service and commitment to making the program a success. We would also like to congratulate everyone that received an award on their achievements.