Oxnard Police Explorer Program
The Oxnard Police Department Explorer Post was established in 1972 under Police Chief Robert Owens. It remains the largest Explorer Post in Ventura County (8 others) and consistently averages 45-50 involved youth at any one time. The Post currently operates as a non-profit organization under the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life Program.
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. 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. The training is presented at each regularly scheduled meeting by police officers and other department personnel. Some areas of training include: city geography, radio codes, traffic stops, DUI, handcuffing techniques, building searches, and traffic control.
Explorers attend mandatory meetings, twice a month. The meetings are held at the Oxnard Police Department, the first and third Wednesday of each month. The Explorers obtain additional training in the meetings, and sign up for community events. Events may vary from Law Enforcement events to Community outreach.
Explorer Post members participate in ride-alongs with Oxnard Police Officers. This enables 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 completion of a four week academy.
The Oxnard Explorer Post members attend a four-week high stress academy at the Ventura County Sheriff’s and Police Reserve Academy. Each year the Oxnard Police Department sends the highest number of Explorers to this prestigious academy. Upon completion of the academy, Explorers are recognized and issued a Law Enforcement Explorer Badge. The most recent graduation in July 2015 was held at the Pacifica High Performing Arts Center 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 traffic control, parking control at the California Strawberry Festival, Dallas Cowboys Camp, California Strawberry Triathlon, Santa to the Sea Triathlon. The Explorers assist at DUI checkpoints, Crime Prevention, Fingerprinting Details, and Community Outreach. The Oxnard Police Department currently has 42 Police Explorers and eleven Police Advisors assigned to the unit.
Oxnard Explorers Post #9286 have represented the City of Oxnard in competitions, such as; National Law Enforcement Explorer Competition in Atlanta, Georgia / California Central Valley Explorer Competition / Chandler Arizona Explorer Completion, and Vegas Explorer Competition.
Each Year, an Explorer is selected from each post in Ventura County. The Oxnard Police Explorer of the Year for 2015 was awarded to Explorer Captain Jose Rodriguez.
The Oxnard Police Explorer Program provides a combination of education, training, and practical competitive recreational activities, for youth between the age of fourteen and twenty-one years of age.
Applications can be obtained Oxnard Police Department front desk or at www.oxnardexplorers.com
For more information contact Recruiting & Hiring Coordinator Officer Greg Utter at 805.385.7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org