Oscar Escarcega, 17, is a captain in the department’s post of the Explorers program, which aims to teach youth 14 to 21 who are interested in becoming a police officer or going into the military. Cobb’s post has been the Georgia champion for six years at the organization’s state competition.
Oscar, who attends Osborne High School, was one of three finalists to be the organization’s national representative. In the 55-year history of the National Law Enforcement Explorer Conference, there has never been a Georgia Explorer to be nominated for the position, according to Officer Andy Higgins, the post’s adviser.
While Oscar was not nominated, Higgins says he is still very proud of him.
“He’s a future leader in our program and our police department,” Higgins said.
Higgins says Oscar plans to attend college and wants to be a police officer with Cobb County when he turns 21.
For more information about the Explorers program, contact Higgins at (770) 528-8871.