Explorer Captain Dionisio

explorer cpt dionisioExplorer Captain Dionisio has been a member of the LVMPD Explorer Program for over 3 years. She is currently assigned to the DTAC/CCAC post and will soon be aging out when she turns 21.

     In January 2011, I was accepted into the Explorer Program of Las Vegas Metropolitian Police Department. I came in as an 18 year old who just graduated from high school without a plan of what to do next. My confidence was substandard to which it should have been, and I had no idea what I was doing. In fact, I wasn't even sure if I was interested in police work or even the general idea of law enforcement, but what better way to find out than this program?

     I was excited to have been accepted into the Convention Center Area Command's explorer post advised by Officer Chad Baker. I had no idea what I was in for. I remained quiet and attempted to avoid any confrontation that would lead to trouble. All I cared about was myself and making sure I didn't get into trouble. It took me quite awhile to understand I was part of a team, and one good "Coming to Jesus" from Officer Baker to finally understand this concept. We were a group of individuals who came together from all different backgrounds and pasts to share one common goal. No matter what tasks were presented we, as a team, would rely on each other to overcome anything that stood in our way. When one fell, we all fell till we rose up together again. We have shared pain, happiness, and mourned the loss of both fallen officers and explorers alike; in doing so, each trial and tribulation has created one more bond. Together we became an unbreakable family full of ambition and strength that can never be broken.

     I am grateful to my fellow explorers who have pushed me from the beginning to continue when I wanted to quit, and to those who have helped me in my moments of need. I have become the leader I am today because of the friends I made in this program; indeed, every event worked as a team was another lesson learned. I am an even more great leader because of Officer Chad Baker. He shows me every day what it truly means to be a leader and have compassion for this career path; furthermore, due to this program I am confident I will be a person who makes a positive difference within my community.

   At almost 21 years old, I finally have found a solid career direction thanks to the LVMPD Explorer Program. I was honored with the privilege to go on ride alongs with officers who taught me imperative techniques; in brief, how to conduct safety procedures with any call presented, from traffic stops and booking, to domestic violence and efficient report writing. Saying goodbye to my life as an explorer is difficult, but I know the experiences and relationships I have made with many will last a life time. It would grant me much esteem to one day become a police officer with LVMPD and return as an advisor to help other young adults meet their goals too.

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About the Explorer Program

The LVMPD Explorer Program exposes young adults to a career in law enforcement by matching their interests in four specific areas: Crime Scene Investigation, Corrections, Dispatch, and Police. In addition to the training they receive, the LVMPD Explorer Program also aims to develop and refine qualities such as maturity, responsibility, character, civic duty, and personal fitness.

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