Young police cadets for Manteca, Ripon and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department – aged 16 to 21 – took part in a large law enforcement competition Friday at East Union High School competing with 32 agencies from throughout California.
Students and their law enforcement mentors from the participating agencies competed in everything from high risk car stops, to suspicious persons, and active shooters to negotiations with suspects holding up in homes and businesses.
The cadets and their leaders set up tent areas in the quad of the campus that were marked with the names of their departments that were used as a headquarters for the individual groups.
The cadets came from Brentwood, Santa Maria, Modesto, San Ramon, Siskiyou County, Santa Barbara, Stockton, Tracy, several CHP offices, Clovis, Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Clarita in Los Angeles County, the Border Patrol and El Dorado County among a long list.
The some 175 competitors were being hosted by the Manteca Police Department, the Ripon Police Department, Modesto and Tracy police departments. Last year the same agencies hosted a similar event at Ripon High School.
All the weapons they used were simulations of the real things used in police arsenals although brass from spent round was ejected to add realism.
They filled the high school cafeteria Friday where they enjoyed a catered lunch with their leaders and other police personal at the event where they got a chance to meet their peers from throughout the state at the educational event. One mentoring officer said they usually gain two officers out of their police cadet groups as the teens eventually go on to the academy.
This was the first year for the California Highway Patrol to be involved from offices in Fresno to Stockton. It was also the initial competition for the cadets from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department.
The competition will continue through today with students enjoying a swim at the Sierra High School pool Saturday evening. Award presentations will take place on Saturday back at East Union High School.