Published: Aug 13, 2010 4:31 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 13, 2010 1:12 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO) has awarded a Fort Myers Police Explorer with a scholarship. Explorer Captain Amanda Krutilla submitted an article in the organization's annual essay contest.

Out of more than 4,000 entries to the themed contest, "Why the Public Needs Professionals in Public Safety Communications," Krutilla's won first place. Krutilla received a $1,000 scholarship to further her public safety education, a trip to Texas to receive a certificate of recognition, and a one year membership to the APCO.

Krutilla is 18-years old and a recent Riverdale High School graduate. She began volunteering in law enforcement when she was 15-years old at the Lee County Sheriff's Office dispatch center. In addition she volunteered in LCSO's explorer program and is currently a FMPD explorer hoping to pursue a career as an officer. She plans on attending Edison State College.