Each year the members of Post 2911 attend competitions to test their knowledge and skills in the field of law enforcement. State and national conferences are held on alternating years. The conferences are sponsored by the Boy Scouts as well as state, federal and local law enforcement agencies.
The conference competition includes scenarios relating to real-life situations that police officers might have to respond to. Each scenario consists of several adult role-players acting out a situation or conflict. The Explorers are briefed prior to the scenario. During the scenario, the Explorers are expected to perform the necessary actions to resolve the situation, just as if each was a police officer. Each scenario is overseen by judges who rate the team as a whole on their performance.
The conferences also include a variety of seminars that the Explorers can attend. Some examples of these seminars include Cybercrimes, Fugitive Investigations and Hate Crimes.
At the conclusion of each conference, an awards ceremony is held to honor all of the Explorers. Trophies are awarded to the top 4 or 5 teams in each category.
At the 2011 Illinois State Conference in Springfield, the Explorers of Vernon Hills Post 2911 walked away with the following awards:
1st Place Girls PT (Physical Training) - Explorer Diana Foster
1st Place Bike Competition - Explorer Javier Lopez
3rd Place Surveillance - Explorer Lt. Paul Davies and Explorers Gabby Cervantes, Diana Foster and Sam Wagner
4th Place Traffic Stops - Explorer Lt. Jordan Jones and Explorers Javier Lopez, Melissa Conteras and Dan Goduto
4th Place Domestics - Explorer Lt. Jordan Jones and Explorers Javier Lopez, Melissa Conteras and Dan
4th Place Girls PT - Explorer Commander Rachael Perry
The entire Post (Explorers and Advisors) was awarded the 2011 Illinois Explorer Conference Spirit Award.
Congratulations to all who attended and we can't wait to see what you'll do in 2013!