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CHP Explorers Compete At National Conference
Shown, the CHP Stockton area team of Explorers that represented the group in Arizona and came home with some hardware. From left, Explorer Domingo Soto, Explorer Carlos Ronquillo, Explorer Juan Dominguez, Explorer Edith Lua, Explorer Sergeant Alex Barragan, and far right Explorer Sergeant Eli Albarran. Photo Contributed

The Explorers of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Stockton Area distinguished themselves in their skills at the recent National Law Enforcement Exploring Conference (NLEEC) held in Flagstaff, Arizona.

The CHP Stockton Area Explorer Program, for men and women ages 15 to 21, encourages them to develop skills and knowledge that could lead to a career in law enforcement. Explorers assist the CHP both in the office and in the field.

The Stockton Area Explorers joined more than 1,000 Explorers from throughout the country at the Flagstaff conference earlier this summer. The NLEEC, conducted every other year, provides a week of team and individual competitions, seminars, demonstrations, exhibits, and recreation.

During the competitions, the Stockton CHP Explorers competed in four scenarios including, Accident Investigation, White Collar Crimes, Officer Down/Medical, and Burglary in Progress. Stockton CHP Explorers were recognized for their achievements with a first place trophy for their participation in the Officer Down/Medical scenario.

“I have personally seen these young men and women in action and feel confident that our communities will benefit from their leadership in the near future,” CHP Stockton Commander Barry Koenig said about the CHP Stockton Explorers.

The CHP has 55 Explorer posts throughout the state. Young people who are interested in learning more about the Explorer Program may call the CHP Stockton Area office at (209) 938-4800 or visit Requirements include: ages 15 to 21, no drug or alcohol use, no felony arrests or convictions, and be in good standing with their school, work, and family.