Salinas Police Department Explorers

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News Date: 
November 13, 2018

Salinas Police Explorers

The Salinas Police Department’s Explorers program, post #201, began in the 1960’s. The Salinas Police Department, Salinas Police Activities League and the Boy Scouts of America support the program.

To qualify as a Salinas Police Explorer, you must be at least 14 years old and Explorers age out from the post on their 21st birthday. You must attend 3 to 4 meetings or training events consecutively and undergo a thorough background check. You must maintain good grades and good behavior. As an Explorer, you will gain first-hand knowledge on how a police department functions through its daily and always changing environment.

Equipment, training and uniforms are provided and Explorers are authorized to wear them on duty at an event, on a ride along, or during training. The Explorers regularly participate in many local events such as the California Rodeo, Veteran’s Day Parade, and Parade of Lights. Explorers also participate in most major Laguna Seca events such as the Sea Otter Classic, Ferrari Challenge, Monterey and Rolex Monterey Reunion. Some of the Explorers’ responsibilities include but are not limited to traffic control, parking control, basic security and side-by-side mentorship with members of the Salinas Police Department.

Explorers meet every other Thursday from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM. Meetings consist of ongoing training, preparation for events, and skills enhancement for a possible career in law enforcement. To test their skills and knowledge, Explorers participate in competitions such as the Central Coast Explorers Competition with other Explorer posts. Explorers also attend a week long Explorers Academy in San Diego, California each year. The academy includes lodging, food, and uniforms. This is an intense basic training academy specifically for Explorers; the training is similar to an actual academy attended by police officer recruits.

On November 1, 2018, the Salinas Police Department had its first formal Explorers swearing-in, promotion and retirement ceremony. Fifteen new Explorers were sworn in. These young men and women are currently students at Salinas High School, North Salinas High School, Everett Alvarez High School, Alisal High School, and North Monterey County High School. In this ceremony, four Explorers were promoted to the rank of Sergeant and one Explorer promoted to the rank of Commander. These five promoted Explorers have been in the post between 1-5 years. Each has accumulated between 100-300 community service hours and they have gone on 15 to 50 ride-a- longs.

 Explorer, Jasmine Diaz recently aged out from the post. She was part of the post for 2 years. She attended numerous events such as the Sea Otter Classic, Rodeo parades, Veteran’s Day Parade, Parade of Lights, Airshow and sports bike championships among others. Diaz went on 27 ride-a- longs and has performed over 200 hours of community service. Diaz is considering a career in law enforcement.  

If you are interested in becoming a Salinas Police Explorer, contact Officer Raul Rosales via email: raulr [at] ci.salinas.ca.us or call 831-775-4201, Ext. 6295.