The Brownwood Police Explorers are moving forward with a revamped program, recruiting new members and participating in community events, post adviser Lynn Beard said.
Several Explorers participated Saturday morning in joint SWAT training involving the Brown County Sheriff’s Office’s SWAT team and the police department’s emergency response team, also known as the special response team.
The post has about 10 members and nine associate advisers, including five women, Beard said. A woman adviser is present any time a female Explorer is involved in an Explorer activity.
He said the Explorers aren’t dwelling on the arrest in July 2006 of their then-adviser, Vince Ariaz. “We don’t reflect on the past. We’re looking forward to improving the post,” Beard said.
Beard, an officer with the Brownwood Police Department, was appointed Explorer post adviser a few weeks after Ariaz’s arrest.
He said the post hopes to resume its Saturday training sessions after the first of the year, and Explorers are preparing for a competitive event in April.
After Ariaz was arrested, associate adviser Cal Gray said plans were to continue the Explorer program with greater involvement from Explorer parents and with more women associate advisers.
The post had been operating with one female adviser when Ariaz was arrested, Gray said then.