Four members of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office Boy Scouts of America Explorers Post 328 class were promoted during a pinning ceremony earlier this week.
The newly promoted officers included Capt. Zachary Green, Lt. Tyler Cowan, Sgt. Hailey Chambers and Sgt. Hampton Mays. The explorers training began in October and included more than 60 hours of training in criminal law, officer safety/survival, arrest/search procedures, emergency management, crime prevention, CPR, report writing, crime scene investigation, riding with sworn officers and a host of other skills.
"We are pleased so many young people in our area are interested in law enforcement, and we hope to get them started on a path to a professional vocation regardless of whether they decide to pursue a law enforcement career," Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said. "It is geared to help young men and women with opportunities in citizenship service, fitness and social responsibility."
The explorers are learning under the guidance of Post Advisor Sgt. James Lanier and three associate advisors, deputies Emmy Bates, Christopher Keyes and James Smith. Lanier said the explorers are serious about their training, and he expects many to go on to law enforcement, emergency services and military careers.
Lanier noted the promotions are based on the same kind of characteristics by which one would expect to be judged during a job interview.
"We look for maturity, leadership qualities, a take-charge attitude and responsibility," he said.