On Friday, December 14th, 2012 the Phoenix Police Department held its 14th Annual Phoenix Police Explorers Banquet at the Mariscos Vuelve a la Vida restaurant located at 16th street and Roosevelt. The celebration for these very special young men and women included guest speaker Mayor Gregg Stanton, keynote speaker Daniel V. Garcia, Chief of Police and master of ceremony Detective Icela Brown. Dignitaries such as City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Special Assistant to Chief Garcia Director Gerald Richards, Ms. Adrianna Gruber, district Executive Director of the Learning for Life Program and many others came out to honor and congratulate our Explorers.
Both Mayor Stanton and Chief Garcia agreed the Explorers “are the future not only of law enforcement, but also of our country!”
From Explorer Recruit to community service and volunteer hours, longevity to top achievers and perfect attendance, our Explorers were recognized for their achievements over the past year and they walked proudly across the stage to receive their awards. Commander Zoe Anaya was recognized as Explorer of the Year for, among other accolades, “going above and beyond expectations, hours of service and her dedication to the Explorer Post”.
Detective Doug Burrow, Lead Advisor for the Explorer Post 2906, in speaking about “his kids” proudly boasted to the crowd “They have worked hard this past year training for and learning what it takes to become a Law Enforcement Officer. The average explorer is an excellent student in High School. Many of them are working part time on top of staying active in the post and going to school. This year, together, they have given over five thousand hours of community service to their community. To say the least I am very proud of them and I am honored to be their Advisor”.
Mariscos Vuelve a la Vida presented and excellent and authentic Mexican menu for the guests and surprised the crowd with a bit of Mariachi music at the end of the awards ceremony. Officer James Holmes, the events “DJ”, then got the Explorers on their feet with a little “shuffle and slide” until the events end.
Congratulations to every one of you not only for your achievements as Explorers but, more importantly, for your life directions!