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 2018 celebrating a successful last year by going to Knott’s Berry Farm and participating in a gift exchange while at dinner. The explorers finished the month of January by participating in the Martin Luther King’s Day Parade and assisting Southern Division with the applicant Physical Agility Test. In the month of February, the explorers participated in the 119th Annual Golden Dragon Parade with Southern Division personnel. The explorers set up recruitment booths at Mark Keppel High School in the City of Monterey Park. In March, the explorer attended Officer Duenas mother's funeral to pay their respects. The post assisted Southern Division with color guard and Felony Stop demonstration for the Level I Explorer Academy Graduation. In preparation of the upcoming State Capital Explorer Challenge, the explorer began to practice various scenarios. The post conducted Level I & Level II Explorer Academy for the Explorer Cadets. Explorer Lieutenant D. Vazquez promoted to Explorer Captain. Explorer Sergeant E. Flores promoted to Explorer Lieutenant. Explorer T. Ong, Explorer A. Contreras and Explorer A. Sanchez promoted to Explorer Sergeant. Former Explorer A. Alonso-Warren became a Deputy with the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office in Maryland. Deputy Alonso-Warren joined the post back in June 2010 and left the post when she aged out.
The explorer post had a very busy 4th quarter. In the month of October, the explorers assisted Southern Division in the applicant Physical Ability Test. The explorers assisted with the Disability Pride Parade, with the Adelante Young Men Conference at Pasadena City College, 11-99 Foundation Movie Premier at Paramount Movie Studio, Red Ribbon Week Event at West Covina High School and “Trunk or Treat” Halloween candy give-away at the East L.A. Service Center. The explorer post also hosted their 2nd annual golf tournament and it was a huge success. Explorers started the month of August by assisting Southern Division in the Walk for Hope at City of Hope and the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Citadel Outlet. On Thanksgiving Day the explorers served meals at the Fred Jordan Mission. The explorers ended the month with a holiday pot luck. In the month of December, the explorers contributed approximately 426 hours at the annual Chips 4 Kids Toy Collection booth. The explorers also assisted with the Winter Wonderland toy giveaway at Centro Maravilla Community Center, 6th Annual Giovanna Wheels toy drive charity car show, toy drop off at L.A. County Hospital, Santa's gift bag giveaway at Brooklyn Ave. Elementary, King Taco toy drive giveaway event, Christmas toy giveaway at Centro Maravilla Community Center and Councilman Jose Huizar's toy giveaway at Barrio's Action Youth Center. To finish the year, the explorers assisted retired Lt. A. Christin with the Santa Sleigh for four days. In 2017 the explorers were extremely busy and logged 140 meetings and events. Some events were multiple days long. Thank you to the explorers and advisors for their dedication to make 2017 a very successful year.