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Learning leadership through Explorers
MEXICO -- Katlin Hemingway and Brittany Gaudet joined Explorer Post 364 at the same time two years ago. It was appropriate that they attend the police academy together as well.
The four-day academy took place shortly after the girls got out for the summer break from Mountain Valley High School.
The girls noted that Explorers in the Mexico post who had previously gone to the academy were helpful in terms of what to look for there.
Brittany said, "They gave us a heads up on proper etiquette and what to say and stuff."
Both girls also had the honor of being selected to do the flag detail for the graduation ceremony at the academy.
Katlin, 15, is the daughter of Tara Hemingway and Craig Hemingway. She said she was glad she attended the academy. "There were classes on using tasers, and people from different groups who talked to us."
Katlin also like the lessons about self-defense.
Brittany, 16, is the daughter of Rob and Melissa Gaudet. She said the academy showed them about different aspects of law enforcement as well as adding to the self-defense training they have learned through the Explorers.
Both girls said they joined the Explorers because of a friend they knew serving in the post.
"I had actually wanted to do it for awhile. I used to be on the quiet side. Explorers has helped to boost my confidence," said Katlin.
Brittany had had an interest in the Exployers in part because her grandfather, David Bean, served for many years with the Rumford Police Department. The sergeant retired from the force last fall.
"He said good things about the Explorers," she said, adding that she talks with her grandfather all the time with questions about law enforcement.
Both girls are already considering specific aspects of law enforcement for their futures.
Katlin has an interest in the science of building clearances for crime scenes. To that end, she says she regularly watches the TV show CSI. "I love that show. I want to do that."
Brittany is interested in criminal justice work and is already considering a couple of colleges. She is especially interested in working that involves the canine unit.
Explorer Post 364, which has some eight to 10 students to start the year, will be looking for leadership from Katlin and Brittany, who said they look forward to the responsibility of teaching their younger peers.
Brittany is already a corporal for the post while Katlin is hoping for a title position when promotions take place in the post in a couple of weeks.