The first Explorer Post in the history of the CHP office in Chico, CA was established in July 2012. Since its inception, the Explorer program has provided young men and women an opportunity to partake of the inner workings of the CHP, and enjoy the camaraderie of being part of an organization dedicated to public service. Through the program, participants attend training sessions, work in the CHP office, ride along with patrol officers, participate in community events, and attend Explorer competitions. All of this is geared to instill leadership, commitment, integrity, and responsibility to young men and women, and better prepare them to meet the challenges of the future. The Chico Area Explorer Post is continuously seeking motivated applicants for the program. For further information, please contact the CHP Chico Area Office at (530) 332-2800 or stop by the office at 413 Southgate Avenue in Chico during business hours and ask to speak with an Explorer Advisor.
In May, CHP Officer Blair Parrott was assigned to be the new Chico Explorer Advisor. On May 6th-7th the Explorers attended an Explorer competition in Tulare, California. During the three day competition, the Chico Explorers bonded as a post and learned to work as a team. They received a 2nd place trophy in the tug-of-war competition and a 4th place trophy for their combined score in the written examination.From May 19, 2017 through May 21, 2017, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Chico Area Explorer Post 241 attended the State Capitol Explorer Competition, held at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento. This competition is attended by Explorer posts from all over the state, from many different agencies. This particular event is viewed as the toughest and most prestigious Explorer competition in the state. A total of 43 Explorer posts attended the three day event. Our post proudly represented our Area by coming in 11th place overall. This is no small task considering the competiveness of the event. Not only did our post have an outstanding overall score but their performance earned them first and fifth place trophies in two separate events.
First place was achieved in a scenario where two Explorers responded to an “officer down” call. They responded to the officer’s location while also being aware that the suspect may still be in the area. Their medical skills and scene awareness were outstanding and earned them the highest score possible. Their fifth place finish was the result of two Explorers responding to a scenario of a felony hit and run, injury collision. When they arrived on scene they encountered a bicyclist who had been struck by the driver of a pick-up truck who fled the area, leaving his vehicle. While they were on scene investigating the collision, the suspect returned. As the suspect reached the scene he removed a hand gun from his waistband and opened fire on the two Explorers. The Explorers took cover behind the pick-up truck, drew their service weapons, and neutralized the threat.In the end of May, The Chico Explorer Post’s Lieutenant, Candace Muller Carrico, left the program to attend the Air Force Academy. Lieutenant Carrico was a member of the Chico Explorer Post for 5 years and will be missed by the members of the Chico Post.
The Chico Explorers spent the first quarter of 2017 training and preparing for the upcoming competition season. On February 26th, the Explorers provided traffic control at the “Almond Blossom Run” a non-profit event held in Durham, CA. On March 4th, member of the Chico Explorers had the honor of attending the funeral of fallen CHP Officer, Lucas Chellew. The Explorers directed traffic and allowed for the smooth ingress and egress of those attending the funeral.