Posted Date: 02/01/2018
CANYON LAKE, TX (January 24, 2018)— The Copperas Cove High School Criminal Justice Club supported by training from the Copperas Cove Police Explorer’s Program, competed in the Texas Public Service Association Central Region Competition placing in 12 of the 13 events, and all 14 CCHS students competing on the regional contest moving onto state competition in April.
After not placing in her individual event, Kayla Pastrano focused her sites on placing in the SWAT team event to qualify for the state competition.
“After they announced 4th place and 3rd place positions, I knew I probably wasn’t going to state. I looked at my dad and said ‘we’re not going’ just as they announced Copperas Cove in 2nd place. I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited,” Pastrano said.
Matthew Smith easily jailed the competition when he placed first in the closing statements competition.
“I used the analogy of Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf to deliver an effective closing,” Smith said. “I was confident going in, but you never really know how you did until they announce the places.”
Caleb Frazer, a first year competitor in TPSA and is one of the many Copperas Cove Police Department Explorer members participating this year.
“I especially enjoyed the foot pursuit event because it made me feel like a cop,” Frazier said.
The Copperas Cove Explorer’s Program helps to develop police skills through training and mentorship by police officers. Copperas Cove Police Officer John Bowman and coordinator of the Explorer’s Program helped coach the students for the competition in addition to Officers John Bartlett and Kayla Long.