The Oxnard Police Department Explorer Post #9286 provides an opportunity for high school aged youth to experience firsthand what it takes to get started in a challenging law enforcement career. The Oxnard Police Explorer Program is affiliated with the Boys Scouts of America. Exploring provides the law enforcement profession an opportunity to further an investment in its own future through constructive relationships with young adults contemplating a career in the field of criminal justice.
These young adults develop an awareness of the purpose, mission, and objectives of a career in law enforcement and receive hands-on training in various aspects of police work. Character development, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism are integral components of the overall program. Mandatory meetings are scheduled twice a month whereby they regularly train in the following areas: city geography, radio codes, traffic stops, DUI, handcuffing techniques, building searches, and traffic control. Explorers also use this time to sign up for community events and police department details such as traffic control and drunk-driving checkpoints.
Explorer Post members participate in ride-alongs which enable the Police Explorer to observe a police officer as they perform their duties and gain valuable insight into handling a variety of situations. Explorers are allowed to ride-along with officers after completing a four week academy.
All Oxnard Police Department Explorers must attend a four-week high stress academy at the Ventura County Sheriff’s and Police Reserve Academy. Upon completion of the academy, Explorers are recognized and issued a Law Enforcement Explorer Badge. The most recent graduation in August 2010 was held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley where 18 Oxnard Explorers where presented with badges and certificates of completion.
Oxnard Explorer Post #9286 continues to be an exceptional link to the youth of our community. Explorers are commonly deployed in a myriad of details which include: the California Strawberry Festival, Dallas Cowboys Training Camp, California Strawberry Triathlon, and the Santa to the Sea Triathlon. The Explorers assist at DUI checkpoints, crime prevention details, fingerprinting details, and community outreach. The Oxnard Police Department currently has 42 Police Explorers and eleven Police Advisors assigned to the unit.
Oxnard Explorer Post #9286 is also responsible for hosting one of the largest Explorer Competitions on the West Coast known as the Channel Islands Challenge. This three-day, 15-event competition held at Oxnard High School during the month of June registers competitors from Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, and Oregon. This competition continues to be one of the Explorer Post’s largest fundraisers.
Oxnard Explorers Post #9286 has represented the City of Oxnard in law enforcement competitions across the nation such as the National Law Enforcement Explorer Competition in Atlanta, Georgia; California Central Valley Explorer Competition; and the Chandler Arizona Explorer Completion.
Each year, an Explorer is nominated and chosen by their peers as Police Explorer of the Year from each post in Ventura County. Leadership and dedication to the unit are but a few characteristics used to select each candidate. The Oxnard Police Explorer of the Year for 2009 was awarded to Explorer Sergeant Gabriela Flores. Enrollment in the program is year-long and can be done by picking up an application at the Oxnard Police Department or downloading one on-line.
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