The Snoqualmie Police Explorers were recognized at the Snoqualmie City Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 28. From left: Officer Dmitriy Vladis, Corporal Jason Weiss, Tyler Keller, Mayor Matt Larson, Elizabeth Johanson, Ben Swanzey, Mikayala Garay, Michael Keller, Kristina Woodbury, Tristan Tritten, Officer Richard Cary and Chief Perry Phipps. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Snoqualmie Police Explorers take top spots at challenge camp

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 2:42pm
  • Life

Members of the Snoqualmie Police Explorers, a youth program for kids ages 14 to 21, attended the Oregon Law Enforcement Challenge at Camp Rilea in Warrenton Aug. 3 to 6, obtaining recognition in several events along with experience preparing for law enforcement careers.

Approximately 183 explorers from 27 posts statewide participated in scenarios that included active shooter, building search, courtroom testimony, crime in progress, crime scene investigation, domestic disturbance, high-risk traffic stop, impaired driving investigation, girls’ one-mile run, and a mystery event.

The Snoqualmie Explorers placed first in marksman shooting and first in the female one-mile run, along with earning second place in traffic stops.

“We are very proud of our Explorers and want to congratulate them on their hard work and assistance to our department and our community,” said Police Chief Perry Phipps.

Snoqualmie Explorers attending the event included Taylor Dahl, Emma Fourge, Mikayla Garay, Elizabeth Johanson (Post Sergeant), Michael Keller (Post Captain), Tyler Keller, Ben Swanzey, Tristan Tritten, and Kristina Woodbury.

Advisors from the Snoqualmie Police Department, officers Rick Cary, Dmitriy Vladis and Corporal Jason Weiss and volunteer Kyle Kussman attended the event.

To learn more about becoming a Snoqualmie Police Explorer, contact Corporal Jason Weiss at More information on the program is available at

For additional information, contact Captain Nick Almquist at (425) 999-1522.

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