EXPLORING A CAREER IN POLICING
"I'm very passionate about serving my community. My short-term goal is to become a deputy, my long-term goal is to become an investigator. In the meantime, I want to help the sheriff's office any way I can," says Explorer Austin Jandik.
Austin Jandik, 19, didn't really know what to expect when he decided to attend the LEEPAC conference (Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisors Association of Colorado) in Gunnison. The 4-day event is for law enforcement explorers -- high schoolers and young adults with an interest in law enforcement.
"It was so much fun. We (the ACSO explorers) were great friends already, but the conference made our friendships that much stronger," says Jandik.
Explorers from 19 different agencies throughout Colorado competed with other explorer teams for awards and scholarships in areas such as crime scene investigation, high stress scenarios, active threat situations, traffic stops, clearing buildings, obstacle courses and much more.
"They may or may not end up in this career. Regardless, it builds them up to be good citizens and that's what I care about," says Deputy Natasha Romero, advisor to the program.
Deputy Romero says the goal of the program is to build the confidence of these teens and young adults, teach them leadership skills and how to become a good team member. Romero herself, was an explorer for five years prior to becoming a deputy sheriff and says this is her way of giving back.
"I don't think I'd be here today if it wasn't for this program. I was a 'captain' in 2002-2006 and right afterwards I became an Arapahoe County deputy sheriff," says Romero.
As for Jandik, a recent graduate of Cherokee Trail High School, he plans to stay in the program until he ages out at 21. In the meantime, he'll continue to volunteer as an explorer because as he says... it's a win-win for everyone!
To learn more about the sheriff's office explorer program, what the requirements are or how to apply, click the button below.
TAKE A PEEK INSIDE THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE!
Oh, and did we mention the FREE pancake breakfast?
Mark your calendars for August 14 from 8am-Noon and come take a look inside the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office and Coroner's Facility. Climb into a SWAT vehicle and try on SWAT gear, watch a police helicopter land, see K-9s in action, watch a vehicle extrication, pet our mounted unit horses and even try out ‘maggot art.’ Plus, take a tour of our 911 dispatch center and a history tour of the sheriff’s office. Did you know we’re the oldest sheriff’s office in Colorado founded in 1858? We have a lot of historic artifacts to show you!
It's all happening at our annual Open House and FREE Pancake Breakfast? Bring your family & friends and explore all the different parts of ACSO:
- Coroner's Facility Tours & Maggot Art
- K-9 Demo
- Mounted Patrol Horses
- SWAT & Bomb Squad
- DEA Helicopter
- 911 Dispatch Tours
- Sheriff's Office History Tours
- South Metro Fire Truck
- Arapahoe Rescue Patrol
- Wildland Fire Team
- Emergency Operations Center
$5.5K RAISED FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER
Shaving heads for a good cause. The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office partnered with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation on July 25 to host the 2021 Shave-A-Thon at Welcome Home Brewery in Parker. 13 people shaved their heads to raise nearly $5,500 to fund childhood cancer research.
Thanks to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the five-year survival rate in children who are diagnosed with cancer has risen from about 79% to 85%. St. Baldrick’s Foundation is dedicated to childhood cancer research. Their mission- to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
SHOP WITH A COP
Shop with a cop is a day our deputies look forward to every year because it's not just about shopping, but building positive relationships with the youth in our community.
The event was held on July 31 at Target on S. Clinton St. in Englewood. We had so much fun helping kids pick out new back-to-school supplies. Thank you to The Salvation Army and Target for generously sponsoring our local kids. We are better together.
Increased patrols at lemonade stand
There was a heavy police presence on August 2 at the lemonade stand on E. Frost Pl. and E. Geddes Dr. Sheriff deputies responded to reports of three boys selling a tasty drink. They stopped by to assess the situation, money was exchanged and new friends were made.