Inaugural IVROP Law Enforcement Skills Competition Held at IVC

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A Brawley High School Law Enforcement student defends himself with baton strikes during the Red Man Event at the IVROP Law Enforcement Skills Competition on Saturday.
A Brawley Union High School Law Enforcement student defends himself with baton strikes during the Red Man Event at the IVROP Law Enforcement Skills Competition on Saturday.

IMPERIAL — The Inaugural Law Enforcement Skills Competition, hosted by Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IVROP), took place Saturday at Imperial Valley College.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., law enforcement academy students from Central Union, Calexico, and Brawley Union high schools competed to see which school reigned supreme in law enforcement skills and physical fitness.

The event aimed to create community awareness of the law enforcement skills and training provided in the Imperial Valley. It also provided high school students with the opportunity to prove their skills, abilities, and talents in the Protective Services career pathway.

Students competed in four main events: the Quiz Bowl event, the Report Writing event, the Red Man event, and the Physical Fitness event.

In the Quiz Bowl event, teams of five students per school competed in three rounds of Jeopardy-style law enforcement-related studies. The Report Writing competition consisted of student competitors watching a police scenario video and creating a police report in the correct format.

Forty-five student competitors ran through the Red Man event held in the IVC gymnasium. The event had three stations in which the students had to travel through. This included the impact bags station where students would deliver knee and elbow strikes, the Numb John Dummy where students delivered hits with a baton to specific areas on the dummy, and the Live Red Man station where students had to subdue a person dressed in protective armor with baton strikes and any other means necessary.

The Physical Fitness event was the largest event of the competition and took place throughout the IVC track and field area. Students competed in a dummy drag, obstacle course, wall climb, and a 500-yard run. Points were awarded via POST standards.

The event ended with an awards ceremony where students received individual awards for each competitive event, and the overall winners and championship trophy was awarded for the overall school winner.

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