2007-11-30 / Community

101 Precinct Explorers Win Medal In Citywide Competition

By Miriam Rosenberg

Lakeisha Smith, youth officer and Explorers advisor for the 101 Precinct, joins participants as they show off their medals. Pictured (L -  R) are Terae Walker, 16; Maria Fields, 16; Ian Woodard, 13; and Clifford Pitter, 16. Not seen is Brittany Fields, 15, who was not available at the time the photo was taken. Lakeisha Smith, youth officer and Explorers advisor for the 101 Precinct, joins participants as they show off their medals. Pictured (L - R) are Terae Walker, 16; Maria Fields, 16; Ian Woodard, 13; and Clifford Pitter, 16. Not seen is Brittany Fields, 15, who was not available at the time the photo was taken. Using the techniques they have learned during their weekly meetings, Explorers from the 101 Precinct won a medal in their first ever, citywide competition earlier this month.

On November 3, the five teenagers of Post 2101 came in third, as they displayed their knowledge of how to handle a burglary scenario. Manhattan's Post 2116 came in second, and Post 2049 from the Bronx took first place.

"The basic setup is that homes are getting burglarized," said Clifford Pitter, 16. "We had to know [such things as] how to defuse the situation and search tactics."

Placing third was a pleasant surprise for youth officer and Explorers advisor for the precinct, Lakeisha Smith.

"The purpose of going was to have the experience of what a competition is like," said Smith. "When we did place, I was happy."

Shown are the front and back of the medals that members of the team received for their achievement. Shown are the front and back of the medals that members of the team received for their achievement. While the city holds three competitions a year, and the troop will be attending the next one in April, there is a more far-off aim.

"They have a big national conference during the summer for Explorers," explained Smith, who said such a trip is not in the immediate plans. "As a post we need to get our tactics together and become more disciplined. Then, we'll probably do a big fundraiser like sales, parties and asking for organization donations."

Between plane fares, hotel rooms, and meals, the youth officer told The Wave that it could cost in the neighborhood of $1,200 to $1,500 for each explorer to attend the national meeting.

"We don't have those types of funds," Smith said. "Hopefully in the future."

Being in the Explorers gives all of its participants positive experiences as they learn about law enforcement and community service. For some, it is a step to reaching their career goals.

Earlier this year Pitter said, "I want to be a cop when I grow up. It teaches the basics."

Terae Walker told The Wave, "I'm going to be a lawyer or an FBI [agent]."

The Explorer Program is for boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 21. They meet on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. at MS 53, 1045 Nameoke St. in Far Rockaway.

Anyone seeking additional information can contact Officer Smith at the 101 Precinct.

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