ECSO Explorers take third in Plano X Explorer Competition


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ECSO Explorers take third in Plano X Explorer Competition

Waxahachie, Texas – Nov. 6, 2015

Three members of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Exploring Program competed in the annual Plano X Explorer Competition on Oct. 24-25, bringing home a third place overall trophy. This competition is recognized as the most extreme Explorer competition in the nation.

Only 10 teams nationwide are allowed to compete and each may only send one three-person team. Representing the ECSO Explorers were Lt. Gage Adams, Sgt. Ross McRee and Matthew Aguilar.

The event started at 6 p.m. Saturday and ended Sunday at 7 a.m. This year’s competing teams were from the U.S. Border Patrol, San Antonio PD, Irving PD, Richardson PD, The Colony PD, Grand Prairie PD, Trophy Club PD, Coppell PD, Keller PD and the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

“The events this year were some of the most realistic and best I have ever seen,” said Deputy Jeff Prater, who serves as lead Explorer advisor for the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

The scenario events included a vehicle pursuit, an open carry demonstration at a government building, officer down, political protest, someone impersonating as an officer and others. The scenarios chosen for the competition are ones that officers have had to deal with in real life.

Prater said he was particularly pleased with how the ECSO Explorer team handled the scenario involving a suspect who was impersonating an officer. In the scenario, the suspect had pulled a vehicle pulled over and was holding an individual at gunpoint.

“Our Explorers arrived and secured the area,” Prater said. “They identified the ‘officer,’ who was wearing BDUs, a badge and a gun belt. He told the Explorers he was an officer from another department. Our Explorers noticed he had a police ID, but they still checked to verify his story. They checked to see if the ‘officer’ had a criminal history and found he was a convicted felon. Our Explorers quickly took the imposter down and placed him under arrest.

“As they were gathering evidence, they then noticed there was more to this offense,” Prater said. “They found that the imposter had kidnapped a person and had them tied up in the trunk of his car. Our Explorers scored a 98 out of a possible 100 points on this scenario.”

In all, each Explorer team competed in 10 different scenarios overnight. At the end of the competition, the top three teams were U.S. Border Patrol, first place overall team; San Antonio PD, second place overall team; and Ellis County Sheriff’s Office – third place overall team.

“I am very proud of our Explorers,” said Prater. “The citizens of Ellis County will be glad to know that these Explorers are the future law enforcement officers of America, and the future looks bright.”

Cutline: From left, Ellis County Sheriff Explorer Matthew Aguilar, Lt. Gage Adams and Sgt. Ross McRee.

 

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Ellis County Sheriff’s Office participates in National Night Out


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Ellis County Sheriff’s Office participates in National Night Out

Waxahachie, Texas – Oct. 7, 2015

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office participated again this year in National Night Out, with Deputies, Explorers, Canine Units and Mascots attending the different community-wide events held across the county.

Each year, National Night Out provides a great way to enjoy a nice evening with friends and neighbors as well as an opportunity to meet new people in the community along with members of local law enforcement and the Sheriff’s Office. In most states, it’s celebrated the first Tuesday in August; however, it’s typically held the first Tuesday in October in Texas to avoid hot weather.

National Night Out is a program sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, which is a nonprofit crime prevention organization that formed back in 1981. This year was the 32nd year National Night Out was held to foster good relationships between law enforcement and the communities it serves, with more than 16,000 communities and tens of millions of people in attendance.

All of the officers and deputies on hand were there to share crime prevention information such as how to set up a neighborhood watch program and tips on preventing burglaries, to answer questions and to hear from members of the community about any concerns they might have.

This year’s National Night Out community-wide events, sponsored by the local police departments, were held in Midlothian, Red Oak, Ovilla, Oak Leaf, Palmer, Italy and Milford. National Night Out is always a free, fun and family-friendly activity.

As a reminder, you should contact your local police department or your Sheriff’s Office anytime you’ve got a question or want to report something unusual occurring in your neighborhood. You are our extra eyes and ears for what’s going on. If you want to learn more about the programs offered by our Crime Prevention Division Deputies, please contact us at 972-937-6060 or visit our website at www.elliscountysheriff.com.

 

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Drug take back recovers 1,500+ pounds of unused medications in 2015


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Drug take back recovers 1,500+ pounds of unused medications in 2015

Waxahachie, Texas – Oct. 6, 2015

The 2015 drug take back effort saw more than 1,500 pounds of unused and expired prescription medications collected in Ellis County. Several local law enforcement agencies, including the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, and other organizations participate in the initiatives, which include Operation Medicine Drop and Take It To THE BOX Prescription Drug Return.

The Sept. 26 drug take back collected 927 pounds of medications. Earlier this year, the April drug take back collected 629 pounds. A drug take back event is typically held in the spring and fall each year.

These programs assist the community by allowing people to dispose of their unused or expired medications safely and anonymously. The collection helps prevent the medications getting into the hands of people they don’t belong to, particularly teens. It also helps protect the environment because the drugs aren’t thrown away in the trash or flushed down a toilet into the water system. All of the drugs that are collected are taken to the DEA for secure disposal.

The following list shows the pounds of prescription medications that were collected Sept. 26 at each of the locations where drop-off sites were set up and staffed by law enforcement personnel and community volunteers:

• Waxahachie – 221

• Ennis – 238

• Palmer – 35

• Italy – 8

• Red Oak – 217

• Ferris – 7

• Midlothian – 201

Participating law enforcement agencies involved with the September drug take back included the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Ennis ISD Police Department, Ennis Police Department, Ferris Police Department, Italy Police Department, Midlothian Police Department, Palmer Police Department, Red Oak Police Department, Waxahachie Police Department, and Ellis County Constable Pct. 1; the organizations and businesses included Ellis County Drug-Free Coalition, Impact Communities, Reach Council Prevention Services, Waxahachie ISD, CVS Pharmacy and Walmart.

This is the sixth year for the Sheriff’s Office to participate in the collection initiative.


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Ellis County Sheriff’s Office sets up Exchange Zone


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Ellis County Sheriff’s Office sets up Exchange Zone

Waxahachie, Texas – Oct. 2, 2015

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office announces that it has established an Exchange Zone for personal, business and civil transactions in the parking lot southeast of the jail. The Exchange Zone is intended to provide a place where people can feel more secure when meeting someone in-person. The two parking spots are marked with Exchange Zone signage and are within view of the parking lot’s high definition cameras.

“We’re pleased to offer this service to the county’s residents,” Sheriff Johnny Brown said. “This was an idea someone brought to us after they saw where another law enforcement agency was doing it. We listened to the idea, we liked it and now we’ve got it in place for everyone’s use.”

Many people use online marketplaces, such as Facebook pages, to sell and buy items. Often times, those transactions mean people are meeting up face-to-face with strangers. There have been reports of scams and threats during some of those transactions and the Exchange Zone is intended to help address those. Exchange Zones also have been used for civil transactions, such as transferring children for visitation purposes.

“We welcome people to use our Exchange Zone,” Brown said. “Because you’re likely dealing with strangers on transactions like this, we encourage you to exercise caution – whether you’re in our parking lot or somewhere else – anytime money and goods are changing hands.”

 

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ECSO Explorers Post brings home trophies from Harris County competition


ELLIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

Johnny Brown, Sheriff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ECSO Explorers Post brings home trophies from Harris County competition

Waxahachie, Texas – Sept. 22, 2015

The Ellis County Sheriff Explorers sent three teams to Houston, Texas, for the second annual Harris County Explorer Competition hosted by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 19.

The event drew 30 Explorer teams from across Texas. Ellis County Sheriff Explorers Team 25 consisted of Lt. Gage Adams, Cpl. Brandy Slusher, Cpl. Nadir Garcia and Cameron Sherrell; Team 26 consisted of Sgt. Ross McRee, Matthew Aguilar, Luis Martinez and Noel Campbell; and Team 27 consisted of Sgt. Shelby Snodgress, Isiah Bias, Tristian McQueen and Remigio “Remi” Gomez.

The Explorers were led by Lt. Bruce Stayments and Deputy Jeff Prater, who serves as the lead Explorer advisor. 

This year, there were 12 different team events and several individual events. At the beginning of the event, all of the Explorers shared a moment of silence for Deputy Darren Goforth of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, who was gunned down Aug. 28 while filling his patrol car with gas at a convenience store.

For the Harris County competition, Prater and the senior members of the Ellis County Sheriff Explorers program decided to change up the post’s normal teams.

“We have gained several new Explorers in our program this year and they have no experience in competing in competitions, so we wanted to focus on giving them that experience of having to perform under the stress of a competition,” Prater said. “We decided to put members of our normal competition teams in with our new Explorers so they could work side by side and learn firsthand from those who have been to competitions.

“At this competition, our Explorers were not trying to win trophies, they were looking for the experience the new Explorers needed,” Prater said. “In the beginning, you could see they were a little nervous, but they quickly realized the training we have been giving them was exactly the training needed for competitions.”

The three Ellis County Sheriff Explorers teams each participated in four events, bringing home nine trophies overall:

Team 25

1st Place in Burglary in Progress

2nd Place in Misdemeanor Traffic Stops

3rd Place in Arrest & Search

3rd Place in Crime Scene Investigation 

Team 26

1st Place in Bomb Threat Investigation

2nd Place in Arrest & Search

3rd Place in Domestic Disturbance

Team 27

1st Place in DWI Investigation

3rd Place in Robbery in Progress

“The overall experience at the competition was great and we could not be any happier,” Prater said.

The next competition for the Ellis County Sheriff Explorers will be in October at the Plano X Explorer Competition, which is an all-night-long competition that is held across the city of Plano.

If you wish to know more about the Ellis County Sheriff Explorers, visit the post’s website at www.ecsoexplorers.com or contact Prater at 972-825-4934 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Explorers meet every Tuesday night at the Law Enforcement Center at 2272 Farm-to-Market 878, Waxahachie.

The Law Enforcement Exploring Program is a division of the Learning for Life Program and the Boy Scouts of America. The Ellis County Sheriff Explorers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enabling young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive character traits, career development, leadership and life skills so they can make ethical choices and achieve their full potential.

  

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