Anna PD Explorers take multiple honors in recent competition

By Joshua Baethge
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune
Competition team members included Lt. Jacob Williams, Sgt. Mille Wiita, Officer Emma Denison and Officer Dylan Sharkey.

The Anna Police Department Explorers Post 8200 recently took third place overall honors in a 21-team metroplex competition held in Grand Prairie. It was their first competition since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

The Explorers are a volunteer organization for people between the ages of 14 and 20 considering law enforcement careers. They train with advisors from the police department and perform various community service projects. 

Competition team members included Lt. Jacob Williams, Sgt. Mille Wiita, Officer Emma Denison and Officer Dylan Sharkey. The took first place in three categories (burglary in progress, arrest search & seizure and suicidal subject) as well as third place in unknown request for police. 

Their accomplishments are even more impressive considering the fact that, while most of the other teams in the competition have Explorers as a daily class, Anna’s Explorers only meet once per week. 

“This is just another example of great things that are going on here in the city,” Anna Police Chief Dean Habel said while recognizing the team during the July 13 Anna City Council meeting. 

He also recognized advisors Sgt. Josh Devore, Sgt. Steve Williams, Sgt. Brandon Blair, Pamela West, Kristen Devore as well as Explorers Abby Cisneros, Zo’el Carl, Carley Patton and Jaxon Burr for their contributions to the team. 

When the team arrived at the competition some of the other competitors said they had never heard of Anna and asked where the city was.  Later, when team members were being called up to receive their awards, Lt. Jacob Williams said, “I bet they know where Anna is now.” 

Chief Habel agreed.