Kitsap Co.

Published on May 26th, 2016 | by The Kitsap Scene


Kitsap Woman Named Law Enforcement Explorer of the Year

A cadet from Kitsap County was selected as Washington Law Enorcement Explorer of the Year.

A press release from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office has more information:

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Competing amongst some 50 law enforcement cadet explorer posts, comprising approximately 750 cadets, is a daunting proposition for many candidates. To be selected from amongst your peers across the state is testament to a young person’s character, leadership qualities and their raison d’etre in the program.

Sheriff Gary Simpson takes great pride in announcing that Sheriff’s Cadet Jacynda Hoyson, of Explorer Post #1514, was honored as the 2015 Washington Law Enforcement Explorer of the Year during a luncheon ceremony today in conjunction with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs spring training conference.

The award is sponsored by the Washington Law Enforcement Exploring Advisors (WLEEA), a sub-unit of the state sheriffs and police chiefs association.

Jacynda was nominated by her cadet post advisor citing a multitude of leadership traits, organizational skills, a strong desire to participate and her extensive number of volunteer hours, 750, performed during community events, charity fundraisers, sheriff’s patrol & tactical training and while assisting with routine agency administrative duties. Jacynda is the recipient of numerous commendatory letters and notes of appreciation for her volunteer service.

Cadet Hoyson joined the cadet explorer program in September 2013 and quickly assumed leadership assignments. In November 2014 she was advanced to cadet sergeant and undertook responsibilities as a squad leader. This past March Jacynda was advanced to the rank of cadet captain and appointed as the post’s cadet commander.

Cadet Hoyson, age 20, is scheduled to graduate next month from Olympic College, Bremerton, with an Associate of Arts degree. She expects to attend Central Washington University, Ellensburg, beginning with the fall semester to complete her undergraduate degree requirements. She is a 2014 alumnus of Klahowya Secondary School in Central Kitsap.

Jacynda currently is employed as a substitute paraeducator with Central Kitsap School District.

Last year, Kitsap Sheriff’s cadets and Explorer Post #1514 were selected as the 2014 WLEEA Post of the Year. Sheriff’s cadets recorded 7,250 volunteer service hours, equivalent of almost three and a half full time employees. The post was manned with 31 cadets throughout the year, averaging 230 volunteer hours each.

The program, under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, provides young men and women, ages 16 to 21, with opportunities to develop their leadership skills and become involved community members.

This statewide recognition for Cadet Jacynda Hoyson and Explorer Post #1514 was hard earned and well deserved.


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