Explorer Post 480 was established in 1999, to give young men and women an opportunity to gain training and experience applicable to a career in law enforcement. The program at the Visalia Area allows these young adults to see, firsthand, how CHP officers perform the duties of a public servant. The Post meets several times a month to engage in law enforcement based training exercises, physical fitness training, ride-alongs with CHP officers, as well as serving the local community through volunteer work. This training regimen has created opportunities for Explorers to achieve successful careers. Former Explorers have gone on to become CHP officers, police officers, deputy sheriffs, officers in other law enforcement agencies, teachers, business professionals, and community leaders. In September of 2017, former Explorer Captain, Derek Thomas, graduated from the CHP Academy. We couldn’t be more proud of Officer Thomas and his success as he embarks on his career as an officer for the California Highway Patrol.
Explorer Post 480 has also been successful in Explorer competitions throughout California. In 2017, Explorer Post 480 competed in four competitions throughout the State. Each competition allowed the Explorers to gain insight and experience into the world of law enforcement.
If you are interested in joining Explorer Post 480, please contact the Visalia CHP office at (559) 734-6767, or email us at Visalia_Explorers@chp.ca.gov.
2014 Fourth Quarter Summary:The 2014 fourth quarter has brought a nice close to a busy and successful year. In October a very small number of Explorers traveled to the Central Coast Explorer Competition in Paso Robles. With only 3 Explorers we were unable to place in any of the event. However, the Explorers gained valuable insight into the requirements of being a leader in the various events.
In November, the post took a tour of the Fresno Communication center and was shown how demanding the job of Dispatcher really is. Multi-tasking takes on a whole new meaning!!! GSP tracking of patrol units, 911 calls, and allied agency assistance were just a few of the things the Explorers experienced.
With the holiday seasons fast approaching, the post was given the rest of the year off to enjoy with their family and friends. When we return in January we will kick off the year with several new Explorers and additional advisors. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!