News & Events

Date and Time of Release: 13 April 2010

Date and Time of Incident: 9 & 10 April 2010

Subject: Mother Lode Gold Explorer Challenge
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9 April 2010, was the beginning of the Mother Lode Gold Explorer Challenge 2010. The Challenge started with a pistol shoot at the Mother Lode Gun Club, in Jamestown. Ten departments and forty-seven shooters participated in the first ever Explorer pistol shoot. Trophies were awarded to the top three finishers.

10 April 2010, Columbia College, Sonora Police Department and Sonora Explorer Post #364, hosted the “Mother Lode Gold Challenge 2010.” Over thirty-three departments and over two-hundred and thirty-seven Explorers from Northern and Central California descended on Columbia College for a full day of training, competition scenarios, and other law enforcement related events and activities. The Explorers competed in two and three person team events and in individual events. Awards were given for the first three places in each event.

The Challenge started at 9:00 am, with the Vietnam Veterans from Chapter 391, of Sonora, California, presenting the colors. Columbia College vice Present Michael Perez and Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson provided opening comments. After this the Explorers attended instruction sessions and training centered around the days scenarios.

After lunch the Explorers participated in a wide variety of practical police scenarios.

Team events were;
Use of Force
Bomb Threat Response
Burglary in Progress
Crime Scene Investigation
Emergency Field First Aid
Hostage Negotiation
Traffic Stops/Field Interviews
High Risk Traffic Stops
Traffic Accident Investigation

Individual events were;
Physical Agility
Written Test
Shoot/Don’t Shoot
Bicycle Obstacle Course

Also in the afternoon, there was a K-9 demonstration provided by Concord Police Department and a Fly In by a PHI Medical Helicopter. There was a job fair demonstrating the different fields of law enforcement. Participating in the Job Fair were Cal Fire, Fish & Game, California Highway Patrol, US Forest Service and PHI Medical Helicopter Services.

The day ended with a raffle for a handgun and guest speaker Robert Dambacher, Retired Chief Investigator of Los Angeles County Corners Office. Following Mr. Dambacher was an award ceremony for all the above mentioned events.

A special thanks goes to Columbia College and the students and faculty of the Colombia College Culinary Arts Department for providing the meals.

Sonora Police Department Explorer Post Chapter 391 won a total of seven trophies during the competition.

First Place
Aaron Moran-Physical Agility
Russell Perry-Pistol Shoot

Second Place
Matt Roberts & Quentin Perry-High Risk Traffic Stops
Jessie Lewis & Aaron Moran & Kayla Gladysz-Traffic Stops/Field Interviews

Third Place
Samantha McKinney & Russell Perry & Robby Roberts-Bomb Threat Response
Ryan Joy & Daniel Persson-Crime Scene Investigation
Matt Roberts & Quentin Perry-Traffic Accident Investigation