A contingent of 11 Explorers and two advisors participated in the 2009 L.E.E.P.A.A.C. Law Enforcement Explorer Conference on July 5 in Gunnison, Colorado. L.E.E.P.A.A.C. stands for Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisor's Association of Colorado.
The competition was held at Western State College, where the Explorers were housed. It was a unique competition because each Explorer is teamed up with three other explorers from three separate posts. There were forty 4-person teams competing.
Competitors came from Colorado, California, Arizona, Utah and Texas. The competition lasted one week.
The closing ceremonies for the Explorers was held on Saturday, July 11.
All of the Explorers' registration fees and lodging were paid for by private donations or funds from Explorers working paid events.
OCSD Explorers Who Won Awards Include
Lex Ogan – 1st for CSI.
Anthony Hart – 2nd for Hostage Negotiations.
Simona Popescu – 3rd for CSI.Melissa Gorfu – 3rd for Cell Search & 3rd for High Risk Traffic Stop.
Brian Hirst – 4th for High Risk Traffic Stop.
Frank Salgado – 4th for Officer Down & 5th for High Risk Traffic Stop.
Explorers who competed: Lieutenants Lex Ogan, Tri-cities Division; Frank Salgado, West Division; John Leahy, Lake Forest Division; Sergeants Melissa Gorfu, West Division; Danielle Blaszak, Lake Forest Division; Simona Popescu, Mission Viejo Division; Brian Hirst, Tri-cities Division; Corporal Anthony Hart, Rancho Santa Margarita Division; Explorers Evan Hotchkin, Mission Viejo Division, and Alicia Cahhal, Mission Viejo Division. Explorer Rebekah Schaff – South Division
Advisors: Sgt. Dan Daniels of Community Services and Deputy Sherri Gilman of San Clemente Police Services.