CHP Solano Area Office, the Explorer program has introduced young men and women to the California Highway Patrol and the field of law enforcement. Over the past two decades young men and women have received training, participated in ride alongs, assisted at community outreach events, and competed in various Explorer Competitions. This experience has not only prepared them for a career in law enforcement but also instilled the values of leadership, responsibility, and team work.
The Solano Area Explorer Post is always seeking motivated applicants for the program. For further information, please contact the CHP Solano Area Office at (707) 428-2100 or stop by the office at 3050 Travis Blvd., Fairfield 94533-3443 during business hours and ask to speak with an Explorer Advisor.
As the year is starting to wind down and we are starting to approach the end of the year post 365 has been busy. We have worked 4 details to raise money for the post to allow us to compete in explorer competitions. We competed in the 1st annual Explorer competition at the California Highway Patrol academy and we took 1st overall in the state, we also competed in the Explorer competition down in Paso Robles it was a great learning experience though we didn’t place in anything overall, we learned a lot about ourselves as Explorers and a Post. Post 365 has also had a high rate applicants accepted in to the California Highway Patrol Academy with more to come. We as a Post have come a long way since the beginning of this year and are now starting to become more of a cohesive unit, we are learning Esprit De Corps and what it means to the California Highway Patrol. All this has been possible thanks to the great uniformed and non-uniformed Advisors we have and the Solano CHP command as a whole.
2014 was an outstanding year for Solano post 365.
We worked in three major race events at Sonoma Raceway events to fund the post’s training and participation in competitions. We competed in the 2nd annual Explorer competition at the CHP academy and took 2nd place overall. Two of our explorers—Matt Mitchell and Justin Hagler—were selected to represent Solano in the National Law Enforcement Explorer competition as part of the statewide all-star team. Justin Hagler took 13th out of 312 shooters in the pistol shooting competition. Six Solano explorers participated and excelled in Level III training at the CHP academy; Sebastian Borges received the award for Outstanding Male Athlete, and Justin Hagler was elected as Company A commander while receiving the award for Most Outstanding Explorer. One Explorer, Klaytan Phillips participated in Level IV training; he was also recognized as explorer of the year throughout Golden Gate Division. Solano sent three explorers to participate in the first ever Law Enforcement Explorer Academy for Solano County where many held leadership roles.
Three members of our post graduated from the California Highway Patrol Academy (Taylor Case, Nathan Hagler, and Taylor Cahoon) and a fourth (Cosimo Bruno) recently graduated in February of 2015. We have several more explorers in the application process and look forward to them successfully entering and graduating the academy.
Solano came a long way this year, and we look forward to a great 2015. With a new rank structure in place, we look forward to learning more about being a team, Esprit de Corps, and what it means to be a part of the California Highway Patrol. We wouldn’t have come this far or learned this much without the fantastic uniformed and non-uniformed advisors who donate their time to help us, along with the support of the Solano CHP command.