The Redding Explorer Post #135 was re-established in August 2010 at the CHP office in Redding, CA. The Explorer program provides young men and women an opportunity to see the inner workings of the CHP and to make lifelong friendships. Through the program, kids aged 15 to 20 are provided many opportunities to train, prepare and experience the many duties of a CHP officer. Explorer’s attend training sessions, work in the CHP office, ride along with patrol officers, participate in community events, and attend Explorer competitions state wide. All of this geared towards preparing them for a successful career with the CHP. Two officers currently assigned to the Redding Area began years ago as Explorers. The Redding Area Explorer Post is continuously seeking motivated applicants for the program. For further information, please contact the CHP Redding Area Office at (530) 225-0500 or stop by the office at 2503 Cascade Blvd. in Redding during business hours and ask to speak with an Explorer Advisor. For email inquiries, you may email Officer Fred Lazo at Federico.Lazo@chp.ca.gov. or call directly at (530)225-0505. Since 2010, the Redding Explorer Post has grown to 25 explorers and 7 advisors. The squad is currently comprised of 20 male Explorers and 5 female Explorers. The Redding Post contributes countless community service hours, assisting at local events such as: Redding Rodeo, Strawberry Festival, Redding Air Show, Sons of Italy, Lighted Christmas Parade, Cool April Nights, Shasta Mud Run and the 11-99 Foundation Golf Tournament.
March The Redding Area Explorer Post assisted at the Shasta Mud Run in parking vehicles for the event.April The Redding Area Explorer Post assisted at the Kool April Nights car show with traffic control and parking the show cars. Red Bluff CHP Explorers helped us with this large event and their help was greatly appreciated! MayThe Redding area CHP Explorers traveled to the State Capital Explorer Challenge held at the California Highway Patrol Academy. This competition was extremely competitive and the Redding Area was proud of the performance of the Post! June-SeptemberThe summer months are the slowest in regards to events for the Explorer program due to members being on summer break / vacation. We still conducted our bimonthly meetings as required to maintain our training and skills.November· This month Redding CHP Explorers hosted a team building exercise with the other local Explorer programs in the area with assistance of U.S. Airsoft in Anderson, Ca. We had close to 50 Explorers participated in the event from Redding Police Explorers, Shasta County Sheriff Explorers and Red Bluff CHP Explorers. The event was a great success and we look forward to working with the adjoining Explorer programs in the future.· The Redding CHP Explorers were requested to assist as court monitors for the Shasta County Peer Court process. This gives our Explorers a direct look at how the legal system in the State of California operates.December· The Redding Area CHP Explorers assisted in directing traffic and pedestrian traffic at the yearly Palo Cedro Christmas event. · The Redding Area CHP Explorer program had the great honor of leading the yearly City of Redding Christmas Parade as the Color Guard leading the parade. Our Explorers did a fantastic job and made the Redding Area proud!
By: Jeremy Linder Posted: Mar 27, 2017 06:22 PM PDT
REDDING, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol office in Redding is looking for new recruits for their explorer program.Lieutenant Scott Fredrick with CHP said the program is offered through the Boy Scouts of America and showcases first hand what it takes to be an officer. Fredrick went through a similar program with the Redding Police Department during the early 1990s. He said that it was a great opportunity for on the job training and gives explorers not only a taste of the excitement while officers are on patrol but also the experience of paperwork and writing reports. "Talking with the last two explorers that went through our program they found that their experiences and trainer here really helped them with the academy training to where everything wasn't necessarily foreign and they were able to have an easier time going through the police academy," said Fredrick. Fredrick also pointed out the recent officer-involved shooting shows how dangerous the work can be. "We view law enforcement not only as a career but a calling. Just getting your feet wet and seeing what we do often time help people to get over the danger of the job and that danger is always going to be there in law enforcement," said Fredrick. Explorers meet at least twice a week and help out at a number of community events like Kool April Nights, the Redding Rodeo and the Happy Valley Strawberry Festival. Fredrick said there are few requirements in order to join the program. Those interested must be between the ages of 15 and 21, have no felony arrests or convictions and maintain a minimum 2.0-grade point average if still in school. For more information on the Redding Explorers program check out their website. CHP is also hosting a free informational meeting Tuesday, March 28, 2017, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Redding CHP Office on Cascade Boulevard. © Copyright 2017 by KRCRTV.com All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.