NARRAGANSETT — A group of 40 police explorers from around the state recently graduated the fourth annual Rhode Island Explorer Police Academy. Seven of them — Cadet Cory Torres, Cadet Tyler Regan, Cadet Captain Richie Mourato, Cadet Lt. Adam D Ambra, Cadet Sgt. Zachary Tavares, Cadet Stephan Turner and Cadet Jordan Dineen — were from the East Providence Police Explorer Post No. 750.The one-week cademy started at Camp Varnum a Rhode Island National Guard military base in Narragansett. The Explorers stayed at the base overnight and each day started at 5 a.m. with physical training led by Sergeant David Pacheco of the East Providence Police Department. Everyday was filled with assorted training from all aspects of Law enforcement from criminal law to high risk traffic stops. Each day contained sometimes 20 to 21 hours of training.
Johnston Police Major Marc Boisvert and Charlestown Police Lt. Patrick McMahon co-emceed the graduation ceremony
Lt. McMahon, who serves as the co-director of the Academy, said “We gave them training and a educational experience like no other 14 to 20 year old will ever receive. These Explorers are examples of those who wish to serve within our communities and they should be commended.”
Lt. McMahon, once an Explorer himself, went on to say “These Explorers have set a high standard in both spirit and professionalism.” Lt McMahon added he was proud to stand with them.” as they graduated.
Major Boisvert, the Director of the academy, said “When the Explorers arrived you could see numerous individuals but by the time of graduation you saw one team one unit. ”
Brian Arenella the service area director of the Boys Scouts of America through the Narragansett Council also spoke during the graduation.
“It is important to have strong police departments. During the time these cadets have been here at the Academy we have seen a famous member of a local NFL team fall victim to poor decisions,” said Mr. Arenella. “While that is unfortunate, I find it very encouraging that these 40 Explorers have spent seven long days under the care, guidance, supervising of two dozen of the best and finest true local heroes.”
At the conclusion of the ceremony each Explorer fell out of formation as they were called and marched briskly and sharply to the stage occupied by police officers most of which are advisors and assistant advisors of the involved programs. Each Explorer received their certificate of graduation and returned to their place in formation.
Major Boisvert and Lt. McMahon then presented team and Individual awards for valedictorian, Cadet Zachary Tavares (East Providence). Male and Female physical fitness awards, Cadet Richie Mourato (East Providence) and Cadet Jennifer Mejia (Warwick) and the leadership award Cadet Gregory Gawlick (West Warwick).
First squad was the recipient of the Drill and Ceremony award which contained Cadet Tavares and Cadet Mourato (East Providence). The Explorers were then dismissed with a final shout from Sgt Pacheco who had been their Drill instructor and with the Explorers for 18 to 20 hours a day the entire week.
Sgt. Pacheco, once a Warwick Police Explorer, has been the Drill Instructor and academy staff member all four years and had been previously involved in the 1997, 1999 and 2001 Explorer Academy’s of the past.