(320) Contra Costa

​The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Contra Costa Area Office (320) has recently opened a new CHP Explorer Post. The Explorer Program provides youths, ages 15-21, with an opportunity to learn multiple aspects of the life and duties of a CHP Officer. Explorers serve their community, attend weekly training, and participate in competitions, all while preparing for a career with the California Highway Patrol. With a team of nearly a dozen fully sworn CHP Officers assisting in the 320 Explorer Post, CHP Explorers receive hands-on training from experts in the fields of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Investigation, Traffic Stops, Building Entry/Warrant Service, First Aid/Tactical Medicine, Physical Methods of Arrest, Physical Fitness, and much more. CHP Explorers regularly participate in ride-alongs with Officers on all shifts, in an effort to give them an idea of what the duties of a CHP Officer truly are. Explorers in our program are also given an opportunity to attend the Explorer Level III and Level IV Training, which takes place at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento. Explorers who attend the CHP Academy are given a first-hand experience of what it is like to be a CHP Cadet.

​The 320 Explorer Post was established in 2015 and has introduced young men and women to the California Highway Patrol and the field of law enforcement. Since its inception, the Explorer Post has competed in statewide competitions, volunteered in local community outreach programs, and volunteered at the CHP Contra Costa Area Office with various tasks. This year (2017) we have one Explorer, Grant Oliveri, and one former Explorer, Jennifer Preciado, in the application process to become CHP Officers. This year at the 320 Post we plan to attend two statewide competitions, attend Level III and Level IV Training, and continue our weekly meetings with training including DUI Investigation, Non-Lethal Training Ammunition (Simunitions) scenarios, use of force scenarios, weapons training, and vehicle placement.
​     If you are interested in a career with the CHP, and feel like you embody what it means to have “CHP PRIDE” (Courage – Honesty – Professionalism – Principles – Respect – Integrity – Dedication - Esprit De Corps), then please contact Officer Michael Fuentez at mfuentez@chp.ca.gov​ or by phone at 925-646-4980. If you would like ​​to speak to an Officer in person, feel free to come to the CHP Office at 5001 Blum Rd., Martinez, CA 94553 (M-F, 8am-5pm) and ask to speak with an Explorer Advisor.​​​



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2nd Quarter 2018

During this quarter our post organized a large scale training day involving simunitions, blanks, a red-man suit, and lots of role players. 4 of our Explorers also took part in the Statewide Explorer Challenge where we took 1st place in DUI, 1st place in Courtroom Testimony, 5th place in Active Shooter, and 3rd place overall. Our main focus for this quarter was building search, so we took part in searching multiple buildings in various locations around the county over the span of a month. Our weekly training days continued with training in CSI, Basic Stop, DUI, PMA, and Felony Stop. 4 of our former Explorers are in the application process.

1st Quarter 2018

This quarter we prepared for the upcoming Statewide Explorer Challenge. Our Explorers helped Officer Correia with several Start Smart classes throughout various locations in the county. We trained, twice a week, in all the various scenarios we may come across at competition, including: DUI, Felony Stop, Active Shooter, Domestic Violence, Building Search, Traffic Stop, Critical Incident, and Vehicle Search. We also staged a rollover collision with injuries in which pairs of Explorers had to work through from beginning to end. 2 of our former Explorers are in the application process. We also had 2 new Explorers join our post.


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