2006 OCLEEAA Competition

2006 OCLEEAA Competition

Over the weekend of November 4 and 5, the Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) hosted its third annual Explorer Competition at the Sheriff's Katella Training Facility. Thirty 4-person teams, from agencies throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties, participated in this event. Orange County Sheriff's Department Explorer Post 449 fielded eight teams, who took a very impressive three 1st place, six 2nd place, two 3rd place, four 4th place and six 5th place trophies in team events. We also took a third place in male physical agility and a second and third place in female physical agility. Although all of the participants deserve recognition for their efforts, as they represented our agency proudly, special congratulations go out to the following explorers for a job well done.

2006 OCLEEAA Competition

Team Events

  • 1st place - Forced Option:
    Explorers Carl Dossland, Mario Garcia, Lex Ogan and Koosha Rashidian (Tri-Cities Division).
  • 1st place - Traffic Collision:
    Explorers Cameron Newett, Tyler Wolk, Scott Gordinier, Nichole Garcia (Harbor Division).
  • 1st place - Downed Officer:
    Explorers Carl Dossland, Mario Garcia, Lex Ogan and Koosha Rashidian (Tri-Cities Division).
  • 2nd place - Domestic Dispute:
    Explorers Carl Dossland, Mario Garcia, Lex Ogan and Koosha Rashidian (Tri-Cities Division).
  • 2nd place - Hostage Negotiations:
    Explorers Cameron Newett, Tyler Wolk, Scott Gordinier and Nichole Garcia (Harbor Division).
  • 2nd place - Burglary in Progress:
    Explorers Carl Dossland, Mario Garcia, Lex Ogan and Koosha Rashidian (Tri-Cities Division).
  • 2nd place - Traffic Collision:
    Explorers Jaci Branson, Zach Kamel, Simona Popescu, and Bo Hannon (Mission Viejo Division).
  • 2nd place - DUI Stops:
    Explorers Cameron Newett, Tyler Wolk, Scott Gordinier and Nichole Garcia (Harbor Division).
  • 2nd place - Downed Officer:
    Explorers Jay Jones, Katie DeCoup-Crank, Jake Montes, and Jackie Labarbera (RSM Division).
  • 3rd place - Force Option:
    Explorers Mike Grijalva, Tom Perkins, Sapphira Ha, and David McElwain (Lake Forest Division).
  • 3rd place - Hostage Negotiations:
    Explorers Carl Dossland, Mario Garcia, Lex Ogan and Koosha Rashidian (Tri-Cities Division).
  • 4th place - Forced Option:
    Explorers Carl Dossland, Mario Garcia, Lex Ogan and Koosha Rashidian (Tri-Cities Division).
  • 4th place - Hostage Negotiations:
    Explorers Mike Grijalva, Tom Perkins, Sapphira Ha, and David McElwain (Lake Forest Division).
  • 4th place - DUI Stops:
    Explorers Carl Dossland, Mario Garcia, Lex Ogan and Koosha Rashidian (Tri-Cities Division).
  • 4th place - Tubular Assault:
    Explorers Todd Smith, Steven Tran, Richard Shoopman, and Lorenzo Corona (West) Division).
  • 5th place - Forced Option:
    Explorers Jaci Branson, Zach Kamel, Simona Popescu, and Bo Hannon (Mission Viejo Division).
  • 5th place - Arrest and Search:
    Explorers Jaci Branson, Zach Kamel, Simona Popescu, and Bo Hannon (Mission Viejo Division).
  • 5th place - Burglary in Progress:
    Explorers Jay Jones, Katie DeCoup-Crank, Jake Montes, and Jackie Labarbera (RSM Division).
  • 5th place - Traffic Collision:
    Explorers Matt Padilla, Ruby Salazar, Janette Gonzalez, and Alex Kim (South Division).
  • 5th place - DUI Stops:
    Explorers Matt Padilla, Ruby Salazar, Janette Gonzalez, and Alex Kim (South Division).
  • 5th place - Tubular Assault:
    Explorers Mike Grijalva, Tom Perkins, Sapphira Ha, and David McElwain (Lake Forest Division).

Individual Events

  • 3rd place - Male Physical Agility: Alex Kim (South Division).
  • 2nd place - Female Physical Agility: Ruby Salazar (South Division).
  • 3rd place - Female Physical Agility: Jackie Labarbera (RSM Division).

The Orange County Sheriff's Department sponsored the Force Option Scenario and Tubular Assault Scenario. Thank you to Deputies John Gomez and Chris Ledbetter (Tubular Assault) and Deputies Rick Fassel, Rod Valdez, Joe Warner and Weapons Instructor Ken Merrell (Force Option) for an outstanding job coordinating these scenarios.

Explorer Post # 449 would like to thank Sheriff's Photographers Jerry Manson and George Ridley for photographing the competition. We would also like to thank Sergeant Mike Gavin from OCTA for arranging an OCTA bus to be used for the Tubular Assault Scenario on both days of the competition.

We would also like to thank Investigator Keith Prinzing and Deputy Tim Pusztai from Hazardous Devices for putting on an excellent Hazardous Devices Demonstration to all the Explorers at the competition and Sergeant Randall Sterett for arranging the demonstration. We would like to thank Deputy Ray Luhrsen and his K-9 partner Oz for their outstanding demonstration and K-9 Sergeant Robert Gunzel for arranging the K-9 demonstration.

We especially thank Captain Dan Martini, Sergeant Jim Tucker, Deputy Joe Warner and Weapon Instructor Ken Merrell from the Training Division. This competition would not have been possible without the use of the Katella Training Facility and certainly would not have been the success that it was without the patience, expertise and leadership of these individuals from the Training Division's team. They not only opened their facility to OCLEEAA, they generously assisted in the coordination of the scenarios and the overall operation. The Explorer Post and its staff sincerely appreciate all that you did to assist us in this endeavor.

Explorer Post 449 would like to thank the following Sheriff's personnel for their assistance with staffing, funding, training and equipment needed for the Competition:

  • Assistant Sheriff Kim Markuson - Operations
  • Captain Dave Wilson - Community Service Division
  • Lieutenant Tom Slayton - Explorer Director - Community Services Division
  • Office Supervisor Karen Waters - Community Services Division
  • Office Specialist Cathy Paneque - Community Services Division
  • Accounting Assistant Kathy Hayes - Travel Desk - Financial/Administrative Services