Law Enforcement students face each other in unique competition

EL CENTRO, Calif. – Today law enforcement students from three Imperial Valley high schools prepared to face each other this Saturday in the first ever competition of its kind.

It’s a tournament where 45 students will compete for a unique trophy.

Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program event coordinator Roman Flores says the Law Enforcement Skills Competiton this Saturday at Imperial Valley College is one of a kind for the area.

“It’s pitting the law academies of Central and Calexico versus the budding academy of Brawley Union High School,” Flores said.

Central Union High School coordinator Cory Vandriessche explains the many challenges competitors will face.
“There’s the physical part obviously, the obstacle course, the dummy drag, the red man challenge, and then there’s the academic portion  consists of report writing, and also knowing their 10-codes, and  their penal codes, and their phonetic alphabet,” Vandriessche said.

Brawley High School resource officer Arnold Valdez said the three high schools include classes focused on law enforcement. ”This gives the student a little taste of law enforcement – any type of law enforcement.”

The training is demanding academically as well as well as physically.

“The classes that we teach here at Central are identical to the classes that they would receive if they to IVC and took their introduction to Criminal Justice,”

Vandriessche said.

There are benefits beyond the academic and vocational elements.

“More responsibility, holding them accountable for certain actions which in turn they become better students on campus and hopefully as citizens,” Valdez said.

The free event is from nine in the morning till four in the afternoon.

And what can people expect to see this Saturday when the three valley teams meet?

“Good competition between the schools since Brawley and El Centro and Calexico they’re pretty good rivals, very competitive,” Valdez said.

“Well I don’t want to say we’re gonna win, but we wouldn’t go if we’re not gonna win,” Vandriessche concluded.

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