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GCM Explorers Provide Security and Gain Experience
01/11/2018
 Officer Auzenne, post advisor, gives Explorers (from left) Khe’Shawn Beauchamp, Sgt. Zavier Mayes, Lt. Emily Hansen, Vanesa Puente and Liliana Calderon information about the events they are working at Goose Creek Memorial High School that evening.

 

Photo by Susan Passmore

 

Officer Auzenne, post advisor, gives Explorers (from left) Khe’Shawn Beauchamp, Sgt. Zavier Mayes, Lt. Emily Hansen, Vanesa Puente and Liliana Calderon information about the events they are working at Goose Creek Memorial High School that evening.

 

GCM Explorers Provide Security and Gain Experience

 

By: Susan Passmore

 

At first glance, it might appear that Goose Creek Memorial High School has an abundance of police officers working games and other extracurricular events, but a second look confirms that most of them are students, clad in immaculate black uniforms or crisp shirts and khakis. These Explorers, members of the Practicum in Law Enforcement class, provide additional security to make sure everything runs smoothly.

 

Under the direction of Officer Michael Auzenne, post advisor, who teaches the class, 28 young women and men are gaining practical experience in a field that has piqued their interest.

 

“I’m a freshman, and I want to be on a SWAT Team someday. I heard that this class gives you police experience, and I want to get all the experience I can,” said Explorer Sgt. Zavier Mayes.

 

Explorer Lt. Emily Hansen, a junior, plans to be an arson investigator.

 

“I will become a volunteer firefighter when I’m in college to get experience before I become an arson investigator. This class gives you hands-on experience in law enforcement, especially if you want to be a police officer. It helps you figure out if law enforcement is for you,” Hansen said.

 

According to Auzenne, who spent 13 years with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, this is a nationwide program. Explorers were originally run by the Boy Scouts of America. Auzenne and the Explorers fall under the Goose Creek CISD Police Department’s area of supervision, and they have developed a partnership.

 

“The number of Explorers at GCM has increased, so we plan to be more involved with conducting trainings with them. Our goal is to get them to a level where they can go to competitions,” said Sgt. Antonio Alfaro of the GCCISD Police Department. “We also hope to be able to offer the program at Lee and Sterling.”

 

Explorers can compete in state and national competitions in categories such as Traffic Stops, Domestic Violence Calls, Crime Scene Investigation, Individual Fitness (including obstacle courses) and Bike Patrol.

 

“These are things you learn in a police academy,” Auzenne said. “Explorers will be able to go to a competition when they learn what they need to compete.”

 

GCM Principal Susan Jackson feels that the Explorer program has built morale and school spirit as well as changed the culture of the campus.

 

“When students respect other students, it’s a whole different level of respect. The Explorers are wearing their uniforms and saying, ‘This is our campus and we respect it. This is what we expect, and we won’t put up with drugs, alcohol or breaking rules,’ and other students respect them for speaking up for their school,” Jackson said.

 

The Practicum in Law Enforcement is in the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Career Cluster. Students within this pathway will earn a Public Services Endorsement.

 


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