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Accepting Applications - 2018

posted Oct 9, 2018, 5:59 PM by Haley Sohan

*** Accepting Applications ***

The Grundy County Sheriff's Office will be accepting applications for Sheriff's Police Explorers through October 31, 2018.

The Grundy County Sheriff's Police Explorer Program is open to young men and women who are between the ages 14-20, and who have an interest in law enforcement as a profession.

Becoming a Police Explorer allows young adults the opportunity to discover what policing is really like. Exploring gives them the opportunity and the chance to work directly with Police Officers, go on ride-a-longs, receive police training, meet new friends, and feel good about helping out in your community. Through the Explorer Program, Explorers have a hands-on, close-up chance to learn how the law works in their community. Some of the training topics include; Traffic crashes, Police report writing, Criminal laws (state & local), Firearms, the Dangers of Drugs, Motor Vehicle laws, Self Defense, First Aid/CPR and Crime Scene Investigation and Processing.

To fill out an application visit the documents section of this page.

For more information about the Sheriff's Police Explorers you may call Deputy Chad Hrechko at (815) 941-3235.

2018 Junior Crime Fighter Day

posted Jun 24, 2018, 7:32 AM by Haley Sohan

Sheriff Kevin Callahan will be hosting another "Junior Crime Fighter Day" at the Grundy County Sheriff's Office. This year the event will take place on July 11th from 9:00AM - 2:00PM. Students entering grades 3 - 6 are welcome to attend the event. Below is a copy of the flier along with a registration form. Registration is due by June 25th. This event is open to the first 80 children to register. We hope to see you there!

2017 Awards Banquet

posted Feb 6, 2018, 7:58 AM by Haley Sohan

On January 13, 2018 the Grundy County Sheriff’s Police Explorers held their annual recognition banquet. Explorers were recognized for their achievements during 2017. 

Nine new explorers were welcomed and introduced. 

Past explorers that aged out, moved, and joined the military were also recognized.

The state Exploring competition team was recognized for their individual and team trophies that they earned at the 2017 Explorer state competition and conference in July. 

Explorers Matt Anderson and Alicia Headrick were promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Explorers Kade and Avery Ohlendorf were promoted to Corporal. 

Tyler Post, Kade Ohlendorf, and Avery Ohlendorf were recognized as the top shooters for 2017.

Explorers also selected Haley Sohan and Dave Cronin as the most dedicated, Julia Santiago and Kade Ohlendorf as most improved. 

Selected by the Explorers as their favorite deputy to ride along with was, Deputy Sean Wojtczak.

Congratulations to Explorer Alicia Headrick who received the Sheriff Kevin Callahan award, and Explorer Matt Anderson who was selected as the 2017 Explorer of the year. 

Congratulations to all of our Explorers!

Illinois Law Enforcement Explorer State Conference 2017

posted Sep 15, 2017, 2:59 PM by Haley Sohan

During the week of July 31-August 4, 11 of our Explorers attended the State Explorer Conference and Competition at Lewis University.

Throughout the week teams competed in multiple team competitions as well as individual competitions. Over 200 Explorers from throughout Illinois, representing 26 Departments were in attendance.

The teams competed in responding to domestic disputes, building search, court room testimony, crime scene response, FATS (Firearms Training Simulator), Felony suspect arrests, Hogans Alley, Hostage Negotiations, Incident Command, Obstacle Course, Field Sobriety Testing, Tactical EMS, Traffic Accident Investigations, Live Firearms, EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operators Course), Police Bicycle Course, Rapid Deployment, completed a PT test, played in a volleyball tournament, and took a written exam.

It was a busy, fun and rewarding week!

We are proud of our Explorers who participated and were awarded the following trophies.

Sgt. Haley Sohan was chosen as Explorer of the year!

Haley also placed 1st in the Firearms Training Simulator target shoot, and 4th in the live fire at the range.

Explorer Cpl. Alicia Headrick was the top score for females on the written police exam.

Explorer Kade Ohlendorf placed 1st in the live firearms for males

Explorer Matt Anderson placed 3rd in the live firearms, and 4th in the EVOC course.

Sgt. Tyler Post placed 4th in live firearms.

The team of Lt. Dave Cronin, Sgt. Haley Sohan, and Cpl. Alicia Headrick combined with 4 Joliet Police Explorers received 2nd place for rapid deployment.

Sgt. Post, Lt. Cronin, Sgt. Sohan, and Cpl. Headrick placed 1st in Firearms training simulator scenarios and 2nd in Tactical EMS as well.

Accepting Applications

posted Sep 15, 2017, 11:17 AM by Haley Sohan   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 12:14 PM ]

The Grundy County Sheriff's Office will be accepting applications for Sheriff's Police Explorers through October 18, 2017.

The Grundy County Sheriff's Police Explorer Program is open to young men and women who are between the ages 14-20, and who have an interest in law enforcement as a profession.

Becoming a Police Explorer allows young adults the opportunity to discover what policing is really like. Exploring gives them the opportunity and the chance to work directly with Police Officers, go on ride-a-longs, receive police training, meet new friends, and feel good about helping out in your community. Through the Explorer Program, Explorers have a hands-on, close-up chance to learn how the law works in their community. Some of the training topics include; Traffic crashes, Police report writing, Criminal laws (state & local), Firearms, the Dangers of Drugs, Motor Vehicle laws, Self Defense, First Aid/CPR and Crime Scene Investigation and Processing.

To fill out an application visit the documents section of this page.

For more information about the Sheriff's Police Explorers you may call Deputy Chad Hrechko at (815) 941-3235. 

2017 Trivia Night

posted Jan 18, 2017, 8:34 AM by Kevin Bogard

Mark your calendars for our 4th annual trivia night fund raiser.  April 28, 2017 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM at the Gardner American Legion, doors open at 6:00PM.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with a trivia night we will have 10 rounds of 10 trivia questions, each round is different category.  The cost is $20.00 per person with 10 people to a team.  Round sponsors are available for $100 each.  Each team will receive a Large Pizza with their entry fee.

This is the Explorer's largest fundraiser of the year.  We use funds raised for training events, competition entry fees, and equipment purchases.  Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you there.

For additional information contact Deputy Hrechko at (815) 941-3235

Accepting Applications

posted Sep 8, 2016, 1:43 PM by Kevin Bogard

The Grundy County Sheriff's Office will be accepting applications for Sheriff's Police Explorers through September 23, 2016.

The Grundy County Sheriff's Police Explorer Program is open to young men and women who are between the ages 14-20, and who have an interest in law enforcement as a profession.

Becoming a Police Explorer allows young adults the opportunity to discover what policing is really like. Exploring gives them the opportunity and the chance to work directly with Police Officers, go on ride-a-longs, receive police training, meet new friends, and feel good about helping out in your community. Through the Explorer Program, Explorers have a hands-on, close-up chance to learn how the law works in their community. Some of the training topics include; Traffic crashes, Police report writing, Criminal laws (state & local), Firearms, the Dangers of Drugs, Motor Vehicle laws, Self Defense, First Aid/CPR and Crime Scene Investigation and Processing.

For more information about the Sheriff's Police Explorers you may call (815) 941-3122, or visit the documents sections of this page to fill out an application.

2016 Trivia Night Information

posted Feb 12, 2016, 7:02 AM by Kevin Bogard

Mark your calendars for our 3rd annual trivia night fund raiser.  April 15, 2016 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM at the Gardner American Legion.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with a trivia night we will have 10 rounds of 10 trivia questions, each round is  different category.  The cost is $20.00 per person with 10 people to a team.  Round sponsors are available for $100 each.  Each team will receive a Large Pizza with their entry fee.

This is the Explorer's larges fundraiser of the year.  We use funds raised for training events, competition entry fees, and equipment purchases.  Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you there.

For additional information contact Sergeant Paquette at (815)941-3122.

2015 Illinois State Post of the Year

posted Dec 7, 2015, 1:56 PM by Kevin Bogard

On December 5th 2015 at Illinois Law Enforcement Explorer Committee Director Jeff Dalton presented the Grundy County Sheriff’s Explorer Post #111 with the “Explorer Post of the Year” award.  The post of the year award is selected by the Illinois Law Enforcement Explorer Committee.  What an honor to be given this award after just a few years in existence.  Keep up the great work to all involved!

Second Annual Awards Banquet

posted Dec 7, 2015, 1:47 PM by Kevin Bogard

On Saturday, December 5th, the 2nd Annual Grundy County Sheriff's Explorer Awards night was held at the Gardner American Legion Hall. The Sheriff's Explorers would sincerely like to thank
Sheriff Callahan, John Hollmeyer, Sara and Kevin Krople of Turtle's Tap, Walmart, Corleone's Restaurant, the Grundy County Sheriff's Police Association, Laura Hrechko, Sarah Bogard, Jeff Hanley, Craig Williamson, ILEEC Director Jeff Dalton, Grundy County EMA Director Joe Schroeder, and our Explorer parents for their support and generosity.

ILEEC Director Jeff Dalton presented the Grundy County Sheriff's Police Explorer Post #111 with the Explorer Post of the Year Award. The Post of the Year Award is selected by the Illinois Law Enforcement Explorer Committee.

The following Explorers were recognized for individual accomplishments:

Explorer of the Year- Explorer Sgt. Tyler Post

Sheriff Kevin Callahan Award- Explorer Sgt.Tyler Post

Top Fitness Male- Explorer Sgt. Keaton Cryder
Top Fitness Female- Explorer Haley Sohan
Most Enthusiastic Explorer- Explorer Jake Close
Rookie of the Year Award- Explorer Dylan Blough
Most Improved Explorer- Explorer Tyler Sharp
Top Senior Duty Pistol Shooter- Explorer Sgt. Keaton Cryder
Top Senior Duty Pistol Shooter- Explorer Alicia Headrick
Top 1st Year Pistol Shooter- Jasmine Sipla
Top 1st Year Pistol Shooter- Tyler Post
Most Dedicated Explorer- Gabby Sander, Dominic Ferrara, 
Colin Schwier, Zachary Terlep, David Cronin
Post President- Gabby Sander
Leadership Awards- Explorer Sgt. Zach Spesia,
Explorer Sgt. JD Hale

Congratulations to all of our Explorers!

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