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Posted on: January 30, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Spokane County Sheriff’s Explorers Honored at State Academy

Spokane County Sheriff’s Explorers Honored at State Academy

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Explorers returned from the Washington State Explorers Winter Academy with knowledge from their training classes and some prestigious awards.   

This year we sent six Explorers (Kaden Hernandez, Damian Chavez, Georgia Hansen, Trent Widick, Ryan Wood, and Decem Moua) to the Washington Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors (WLEEA) 2022 Winter Academy, which ran from December 26-31, 2022.

Past academies have seen approximately 150 Explorers from various agencies around Washington gathered at the Yakima Training Center for an intense 6-day training academy that crams about 96 hours into those six days.  All six of our Explorers successfully completed this year's academy despite the physical and mental demands.  Explorers compete against each other in several categories as part of the event, and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office brought home a few awards.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is incredibly proud to recognize Explorer Sgt. Kaden Hernandez, who has been an Explorer with our agency for a little over a year, and this was the second academy he has attended.  Explorer Hernandez did a great job representing our agency and as the ranking member of our Explorer Program.  Explorer Hernandez received the following awards:

3rd Place – Physical Agility 

3rd Place – Shooting

3rd Place – Overall  


We wanted to share a few pictures from the Explorer meeting held on January 16, 2023, where Sheriff Nowels recognized Explorer Hernandez for his accomplishments and thanked all of our Explorers for their dedication and hard work.

Are you or someone you know interested in joining our Explorer program?  Please visit their webpage for contact and additional information.  https://spokaneexplorers.org/

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