17 teams from seven schools participated

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

This weekend was all about procedure, as students from across South Texas descended on Alice High School for the 10th Annual Alice Crime Bust.

Hosted by the Alice High School Law Enforcement Explorers, the Bust is an opportunity for teams to compete in a two-day contest against other teams, using the law enforcement procedures they've master throughout the year.

This is the only two-day Explorers competition in South Texas.

Since they are the host team for the event, the AHS Explorers are not allowed to participate in the contest.

Local law enforcement officers from the Jim Wells County Sheriff's Department and Alice Police Department assisted with the monitoring and judging of events.

In all, 17 teams from seven schools participated in the event.

They were Brownsville PD Explorers, Fort Worth PD Explorers, LBJ High School Explorers from Laredo, Aransas Pass High School Explorers, Rockport High School Explorers, King High School Explorers from Corpus Christi and Freer Border Patrol Explorers.

AHS Explorers member Erin Bridge said the team began organizing the event in December, sending out invitations and collecting paperwork from area teams.

She said most competitions have from 17 to 25 teams appear.

Each team consists of four individuals, and many schools enter more than one team.

The Fort Worth Explorers this year brought in four teams to the Alice Crime Bust.

Events this weekend included Tactical Arrest course, Crime Prevention, Building Search, Suspicious Person, Quiz Bowl, Arrest, Search and Seizure, Domestic Dispute, Unknown traffic Stop, Top Cops (Team Obstacle course), Hostage Negotiation, Bomb Search, Crime Scene and Traffic Accident. Freer took first.

AHS Explorers Advisor Lonnie Adams said this year held special significance as it has been 10 years the event began at AHS.