Honors for the Kannapolis Police Explorer program

Honors for the Kannapolis Police Explorer program

KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) - From the City of Kannapolis: Three members from the Kannapolis Police Department Explorer Program attended the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg, N.C. to participate in the 38th Annual N.C. A.L.E.E.A Police Explorer Academy. Kannapolis Police Department Explorers Robby Brown, Jose Estela and Tykeisha Graham participated with 58 explorers who were the largest class in the history of the program.

During the week long training, Police Explorers participated in a simulated police academy that included physical training, law enforcement operational classes and practical scenario based training.

Kannapolis Police Explorer Jose Estela was selected by advisors from thirteen different agencies including both North Carolina and South Carolina as the 2015 Most Outstanding Cadet. "We are extremely proud of Jose for this outstanding accomplishment," said Kannapolis Police Chief Woody Chavis.  "The hard work, commitment, and enthusiasm that he shows is truly amazing. He is a great example of the fine cadets we have participating in our Explorer Program".

Jose Estela is a rising senior at A.L. Brown High School and a varsity athlete. This award was presented by the Union County Sheriff's Office in memory of Union County Sergeant Jeffery Wayne Greene - End of Watch November 19, 2014. This is the third time a Kannapolis Police Explorer has received this honor in the last five years. Previous recipients include Osbieda Benitez and Janet Verduzco.

Officer David Zienka of the Kannapolis Police Department was also chosen as the lead law enforcement instructor for the academy.  Officer Zienka has been with the department since 2009 and is currently the school resource officer at Kannapolis Middle School.