In 1983, I joined Tampa Police Departmentís Explorer Program.
I was accepted with open arms and soon found myself at the rank of
Sergeant and a member of the Pistol Team. I won numerous
awards both state and nationally as part of our Competition Team and
Pistol Team. My last National Competition in Ft. Collins,
Colorado in 1983, I placed 7th in the Presidents Top Twenty and I
also was the #1 Female Competitor in both the 38 Firearms
Competition and the Air Pistol Competition.
Once certified in the Ride-A-Long Program, I began riding on the
street with officers and with the Crime Scene Technicians to see
first hand what a career in Tampa would be like.
I retired from the Explorers in 1984, and I became one of the first
Community Service Officers hired. I quickly transferred to the
Detective Division where I worked worthless check cases and helped
with the Forgery and Larceny Squad.
In 1986, I attended the Reserve Police Academy and I participated in
the reserve force for several years. Afterwards, I went back
to school to obtain my Associates Degree in Criminology and my
Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.
I continued to work
as an Associate Advisor with the Tampa Explorers and as the
Competition Chairman with the Florida Association of Police
Explorers till 2004.
Currently, I am an Investigative Assistant with the department in
the Found Property and Tracking Career Criminals Divisions. I
recommend the Explorer Program to anyone between the ages of 14-21
who wants a career in law enforcement. It holds many unique
opportunities you can not find anywhere else!