The Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office Explorer Post 700 recently topped 10 other North Carolina agencies as the 2011 Explorer Post of the Year.
The Post, which is one of 11 Sheriffâ€™s Offices across the state included in The Piedmont Council, received the prestigious award on Jan. 24 at Cleveland Community College. Each Post submitted a letter to the Council on why it should win the award.
The Lincoln County group, in its fourth year of existence, works to educate 14 to 20-year-olds who are interested in a future law enforcement career, providing them ample job shadowing experience and ride-alongs, ultimately geared at growing individualsâ€™ character, authorities said.
Post 700 also involves its participants in several local annual events including the Apple Festival, Relay for Life and Adopt-A-Cop.
Last year, the Post attended the National Law Enforcement Explorer Conference in Georgia and sent one Explorer each to the FBI Leadership Academy, United States Marshal Leadership Academy and North Carolina Highway Patrol Student Trooper Program, according to a press release. In addition, participants visited the Basic and Advanced Explorer Academies at the North Carolina Justice Academy.
One former member of Post 700 currently works for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a 911 telecommunicator, the release said.
Anyone between the ages of 14 and 20 interested in a law enforcement career can join the Post for their next meeting 6-8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Lincoln County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
The group will meet every other Tuesday until the end of the year.