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Explorer Raunau and Sergeant August Honored


On Thursday July 26, 2011, the Orange County Law Enforcement Exploring Advisors Association held its Eighth Annual Awards and Recognition Dinner at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange.  The ceremony was well attended with the heads of several departments taking place in the awards presentations. 


Irvine Police Department’s Civilian Investigator Kyle Oldoerp and School Resource Officer Kayla Wiebe emceed the program celebrating the accomplishments of police explorers, advisors and other honored guests. 


The Orange County Law Enforcement Exploring Advisors Association has been responsible for educating thousands of young adults about law enforcement in Orange County since its formation in 1971. 


Irvine Explorer Andrew Raunau received an award for his leadership qualities.  Raunau has been an Irvine Police Explorer for over a year.  In addition to his nearly 100% participation in Explorer Post activities, Explorer Raunau has participated in the Academic Decathlon and Mock Trial programs at his high school.  And, in his spare time, he created a program called, “Mission for Vision” which collects clothing and eyewear for those in need.


Nominated by his advisors for his positive attitude and friendly, professional demeanor, Explorer Raunau often is referred to as the unofficial Public Relations Liaison for the Post.  His leadership qualities are exemplary of the Irvine Police Department’s values and reflect positively on the entire Post.


Sergeant Matthew August was also honored at the event when he was presented the prestigious Golden Advisor Award. A product of the Orange County Exploring Program, Sergeant August began his career at the Laguna Beach Police Department where he first served as a Laguna Beach Police explorer in 1990.  In 1994 he was sworn in as a Laguna Beach Police Officer where he worked for more than 12 years before transferring to the Irvine Police Department in 2005.


Sergeant August continued his commitment to the Explorer program, becoming and advisor for the Irvine Police Explorer Post over three years ago.  Sergeant August put his innovation, experience and professionalism to work not only with the Irvine program, but also as a member of the tactical staff for several classes at the County Explorer Academy. Although Sergeant August left the Post upon his promotion, he continues to support the program and volunteers, providing training and other support for program activities.


Attending the awards banquet were Chief Maggard, Lieutenant Boggs and Sergeant Wyatt.