The South Sacramento Area Explorer Post 252 was established in May 2002 with 10 Explorers, and we currently have 9 active Explorers serving within our post. Since its inception, Explorer Post 252 has had the proud distinction of seeing 22 of its members graduate from the CHP Academy, all of whom are still serving as officers with one of the most prestigious and well-respected law enforcement agencies in the world - the California Highway Patrol. Our Explorers are given many opportunities to participate in tactical training sessions, ride with patrol officers, participate in community events, and attend Explorer competitions. Along the way, our Explorers are completely welcomed into the CHP family as they learn the tenets of "CHP PRIDE": Courage - Honesty - Professionalism - Principles - Respect - Integrity - Dedication - Esprit de corps! The South Sacramento Area Explorer Post 252 is continuously seeking motivated applicants for the program. For further information, please send an email inquiry to 252Explorer@chp.ca.gov. You can also contact the CHP South Sacramento Area Office at (916) 897-5600 or come to the office at 6 Massie Court in Sacramento during business hours and ask to speak with an Explorer Advisor
Explorers planned and coordinated the First Annual CHP South Sacramento Area Trunk or Treat Event, which was held in the parking lot in front of the Area office. Local families flooded into the parking lot to visit and get candy. A classic show car was on display, and “CHiPper” the CHP Chipmunk was there to entertain his fans. Explorers assisted with the 2023 CHiP’s for Kids Toy Donation at Cal Expo, as well as the subsequent 2023 CHiP’s for Kids Toy Giveaway events. Explorers prepared for training scenarios at the Area office by practicing Basic Enforcement Stops, AOST, and arrest techniques. Explorers also completed their Boy Scouts of America – Learning for Life online training.
On July 16th, Explorer Post 252 hosted an “Open House” recruiting event designed to attract willing participants from the local community interested in becoming CHP officers or CHP Explorers. Explorers assisted in designing and planning the event to perfection, and helped in reaching out to local schools, businesses, community centers, and through social media to promote and advertise the event weeks ahead of time. The Open House event consisted of eight stations – Officer Recruitment, Spike Strip, K9, DUI, CHP Motor, Patrol Vehicle, LIDAR, and Explorer Post 252. Officer and Explorers were placed at each station to provide demonstrations and answer many questions from the public. Food and ice drinks were catered at the event, and vehicles and equipment were precured for public display. The Open House attracted members from the local community and was a complete success. The plan and design of this event should be used as a template for similar recruiting events in CHP Areas throughout the state. These types of events are necessary for recruiting officer and Explorer candidates, and greatly enhance the Department's ability to accomplish its mission. Three new Explorers were recruited as a result of the event.
Explorers participated in DUI/Suspicious Person/Basic Stop training scenarios, and in uniform inspections. Explorers received training in 10 codes, brevity codes, and patrol vehicle operation. Explorers assisted with an Area DUI checkpoint operation. Two previous Area Explorers graduated from the CHP Academy to become CHP Officers. One civilian advisor is currently participating in the CHP hiring process. Explorer Post 252 is attempting to gain momentum again after the long pause in activities. The Explorer Program continues to go through a rechartering process with the Boy Scouts of America. As such, we are recruiting heavily within the surrounding community in search of qualified and motivated Explorer candidates, which will include an upcoming “Open House” at our Area office scheduled for July 16, 2022, from 1200-1400 hours.
Explorers began holding meetings at the Area office after a long break in in-person meetings due to the adherence to COVID-19 guidelines. Explorers participated in DUI, Suspicious Person, and Basic Stop training scenarios. One Explorer and one civilian advisor are currently participating in the CHP hiring process. Explorer Post 252 is attempting to gain momentum again after the long pause in activities. The Explorer Program is also going through a rechartering process with the Boy Scouts of America. As such, we are recruiting heavily within the surrounding community in search of qualified and motivated Explorer candidates, which will include an upcoming “Open House” at our Area office tentatively scheduled for March 11, 2022.
Explorers participated in several community and fundraising events this quarter, including the M.L.K. Day Walk-A-Mile event and the Pebble Beach ATT Pro Am golf tournament in Monterey. Explorers competed in an Explorer competition hosted by the Stockton CHP Explorer Post, earning first place finishes in the Probation Search scenario and the Men’s Obstacle Course. Explorers continued their weekly meetings and training, focusing on vehicle code violations, the phonetic alphabet, aural brevity codes, traffic control, conducting searches, and more. In addition, Explorers practiced training scenarios such as basic traffic stops, DUI stops, probation searches, and use of force. During one meeting, a new CHP officer (and former South Sacramento Area Explorer) shared her recent experiences as a new officer and her time at the CHP Academy. An Explorer Lieutenant was promoted to Captain and is currently in the background process hoping to become a CHP cadet very soon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Explorer Post meetings and training were suspended; however, Explorers are still studying on their own and doing workouts.
Explorers participated in several community and fundraising events this quarter. These included fundraising at Sacramento Kings games at Golden 1 Center, and the Pebble Beach for ATT Pro Am golf tournament in Monterey. Explorers participated in training exercises and scenarios. These included attending Level 1 training at Valley Division, drill and formations, basic stop and suspicious person scenarios, officer safety scenarios, and attending presentations in Domestic Violence, CSI, and Victimology. Explorers also participated in PMA and vehicle search training, and discussed and practiced gun control and muzzle awareness. Explorers also assisted with DRE Certs at the Area office, assisted with Cadet scenarios and PAT testing at the CHP Academy, and attended a presentation from Air Force Recruiters at the Area office. Four Explorers were promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Three Explorers and three civilian advisors are currently participating in the CHP hiring process.
Explorers competed at 2019 State Capital Explorer Competition. Explorers participated in Sacramento Kings games fundraising, and fundraising at Pebble Beach for the US Open Golf Tournament. Explorers assisted with Cadet scenarios and Physical Agility Testing for CHP applicants at the CHP Academy. Explorers prepared for scenarios at the Area office and practiced basic stop, officer safety, DUI FST's, PMA, vehicle search, felony stops, and active shooter. Explorers held PT workouts at end of meetings. Explorers held a Domestic Violence presentation and practiced DV scenarios. Explorers held CSI and Victimology presentations and practiced associated scenarios. Five Explorers are participating in the CHP or allied agency hiring process.
Explorers assisted with Cadet scenarios and PAT testing at the CHP Academy, and attended various ‘National Night Out’ events in the Sacramento region. Explorers prepared for training scenarios at the Area office by practicing DUI, FST's, PMA, domestic violence, vehicle search, basic stop, felony stops, and active shooter. Explorers held PT workouts at the end of their meetings. Four Explorers are participating in the CHP or allied agency hiring process. One Explorer who recently separated from the Post is currently training to become a CHP Officer at the CHP Academy.
Explorers competed in the Central Coast Law Enforcement Explorer Competition, and received 5 individual scenario awards in addition to an overall 3rd place award. Explorers assisted with CHiPs for Kids during the holiday season. Explorers assembled bikes during Valley Division bike-build, and received, sorted and distributed toys to local charitable organizations. Explorers prepared for training scenarios at the Area office by practicing DUI, FST's, PMA, domestic violence, vehicle search, basic stops, and felony stops. Two Explorers are participating in the CHP or allied agency hiring process.