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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.