The California Highway Patrol (CHP) Explorers are an integral part of the Department's operations and are provided many unique and challenging opportunities to train, prepare, and experience the many duties of a CHP Officer. Explorers are introduced into the CHP family as they learn the tenants of "CHP PRIDE": Courage - Honesty - Professionalism - Principles - Respect - Integrity - Dedication - Esprit De Corps. The mission of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Explorer Program is to develop young people into responsible and productive citizens through discipline and a commitment to serving their community. Successful completion of the Explorer Program can open many doors and present many opportunities for the youth of tomorrow, especially for an Explorer who is planning to make the CHP a career. Explorers participate in training sessions, ride with patrol Officers, participate in community events, and attend Explorer competitions locally, regionally, and nationally. The Oakland Explorer Post 370 is looking for motivated applicants, ages 15-20, who meet the following qualifications: must be ages 15-20, No drug or alcohol use, Have no felony arrests or convictions and be in good standing with school, work and family. Currently we meet on a weekly basis. If you are up for the challenge and would like further information, please contact the CHP Oakland Area Office at (510) 450-3821. You may also visit the Oakland Area Office at 3601 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609, during business hours (M-F, 8am - 5pm) and ask to speak with an Explorer advisor. For email inquiries, you may email Officer Cosimo Bruno at firstname.lastname@example.org
The fourth quarter is usually a quarter for us to wind down the year, catch up on paperwork, recruit, and celebrate. We have recently recruited four potential explorer recruits who looks very promising to becoming successful CHP Explorers. Especially this year, Post 370 has lots to celebrate. We sent two explorers to the CHP Academy one in June, and one in October. We also have three other explorers in the hiring process who are looking forward to follow their senior explorers’ footsteps. We attended two of the largest CHP Explorer Competitions, and results we got from both were very good. With that being said, we will continue to strive for even better results next time. In conclusion, our post had a very successful year but of course, without the leadership and guidance from our Explorer Advisors, none of this would have been possible. We will talk in 2018! Happy holidays.
In the third quarter of 2017, the CHP Oakland explorer post prepared vigorously for the Southern California CHP Explorer Competition held in Lancaster. With months of preparation and hard work, our explorers placed 2nd overall at the competition and winning numerous awards for individual scenarios. Preparations consisted of the practicing various scenarios such as felony stop, active shooter in progress, building search, mental illness response, traffic collision investigation, domestic violence response, vehicle search, and basic stop. The SoCal competition did not only severe as a valuable learning experience for our explorers, but also a great team bonding opportunity. Post 370 also participated in numerous community events such as the Concours d'Elegance Car Show held in the City of Alameda, and the NHRA and NASCAR races at the Sonoma raceway, in Sonoma County. CHP Oakland Explorers along-side Solano CHP Explorers provided traffic control at numerous high traffic points in the venue to ensure safety of both pedestrians and motorists. In early September, CHP Oakland Explorers also had the honor to volunteer at the 2017 Golden Gate Division’s Retirees’ Day held at the Golden Gate Division Air Ops Facility. Early in the quarter, Post 370 also held a Level I and Level II Explorer Training Academy where five Explorer Recruits successfully completed the training and earned the title of Explorer Cadet.