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.


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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