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CHP invites youth interested in law enforcement to check out Explorer Program

The California Highway Patrol will hold an open house and informational meeting March 27 in Rancho Cordova for young people interested in participating in the agency’s Explorer Program.

The program allows young men and women age 15 to 21 to learn about CHP operations and experience what a career in law enforcement would be like. Explorers are trained in many aspects of law enforcement and work with officers in the field as they patrol the area’s streets and highways, according to a CHP news release.

Officials say successful completion of the Explorer Program can open doors to many opportunities, noting that Explorers have gone on to earn college degrees, enter federal service careers with the FBI and Secret Service, attend military academies, or move into other law enforcement or public service careers.

Candidates for the program must:

•  Be 15 to 21 years old.

•  Have an interest in law enforcement.

•  Have at least a 2.0 grade point average.

•  Not use drugs or alcohol.

•  Have demonstrated good citizenship.

•  Have no felony convictions.

The informational meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the CHP’s East Sacramento Area office, 11336 Trade Center Drive in Rancho Cordova.

During the first hour, the area commander and officers in the east Sacramento area who will coordinate the program, as well as current Explorers will be introduced. During the second hour, prospective Explorers will have an opportunity to view some of the CHP’s vehicles and equipment. Officers also will demonstrate a police traffic stop.

Those planning to attend the event are asked to RSVP by calling the CHP at (916) 464-1450.