The East Los Angeles Area office first established its explorer program in 1990. Since then, the program has helped its participants become better citizens and individuals. Many of them have become California Highway Patrol Officers and others have gone on to have great careers in and out of law enforcement.
Explorers learn about the field of law enforcement and the duties of a CHP officer through training, observation and involvement. This includes studying laws and understanding procedures, training in tactics and arrest techniques, physical training, assist officers and volunteering at community events, among other activities.
Explorers not only learn the technical aspects of being an officer, but the morals, ethics and values required to become an officer and better individuals. Explorers learn about teamwork and share responsibility as well as individual accountability. Explorers also gain an understanding of the CHP's Professional Values and the seven points of the CHP star.
If you are interested in joining the California Highway Patrol's East Los Angeles Explorer Post, please contact an explorer advisor at (323) 980-4600 or visit the office during business hours located at 1601 Corporate Center Drive, Monterey Park, CA 91754.
The explorer post started 2017 celebrating a successful last year by going to Knott’s Berry Farm and participating in a gift exchange while at dinner. The explorers began to prepare for the State Capital Explorer Challenge Competition in May. The explorers finished the month of January by participating in the Martin Luther King’s Day Parade. In the month of February, the explorers assisted with the Coffee with A Cop event and set up a recruitment booth at the East L.A. Community College’s men’s/women’s basketball game. The explorer post held a See’s Candie’s fund-raiser by delivering flowers and candies. Explorer Cadet M. Flores and H. Sinsun attended the Southern Division Level I Explorer Academy. In March, the explorers set up recruitment booths at Mark Keppel High School in the City of Monterey Park and at Alliance Morgan High School in East L.A. The explorer then attended Officer Keith Boyer’s funeral to pay their respects. The post assisted the ELA office with a DUI Checkpoint by setting up the checkpoint and providing traffic control on St. Patrick’s Day. Captain P. Medeiros and Lieutenant M. Hammond conducted a CAT 10 inspection on the explorer post. Throughout the quarter, the explorers reviewed Area policy and procedures. Explorers were tested on their vehicle code and radio code knowledge. The explorers participated in physical training at the end of each weekly meeting. Explorers practiced PMA and participated in multiple ride-alongs. They also assisted clerical with filing.