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Police Hopefuls Compete in Inaugural St. Paul Chief's Cup

March 20, 2017 12:18 PM

For the first time ever, hundreds of police explorers competed Saturday in the St. Paul Chief's Cup.

The explorers, ages 14 to 20, are taught law enforcement skills through hands-on experience. The St. Paul Chief's Cup put the skills of 24 teams to the test in four different scenarios.

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From white collar crime to domestic disputes, the explorers are graded by judges in a specially-designed Rosemount warehouse. It's the closest some of the explorers can get to hands-on experience without a badge. That's why St. Paul police officer Michael Peterson, the cup's coordinator, said the program is so crucial for young people seeking a law enforcement career.

"We've found that a lot of chiefs are looking for how much experience these kids have," Peterson said. "They're getting a significant amount of experience here through training like this, that they do on an every-week basis."

Hundreds of students competed at the St. Paul Chief's Cup, but Peterson said the Police Explorer Program is looking for more participants.

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