• Explorer Post 417


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  Explorers meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.

Explorere at Rides for Toys   Explorers at Fit and Fun Fair

Congratulations to our Explorers, who took awards home from the July statewide competition

July 12-14, Sunnyvale's Public Safety Explorers traveled to Modesto for the 3rd Annual Central Valley Explorer Competition. They competed against more than 200 Explorers and 23 different agencies from throughout California. Their hard work, preparation and commitment paid off and the Explorers came back with not only awards, but a lifelong memory of how a team comes together for the ultimate goal.

Explorers Luis Ruiz, Nicholas Moore-Nieland, Dakota Manchette and Carlo Merino took 1st place in Vehicle Searches. Explorers Adam Hull, Daniel Alcazar, Luis Ruiz, Nicholas Moore-Nieland, Dakota Manchette and Carlo Merino also took 2nd place in Hostage Rescue. Explorers Nicholas Moore-Nieland, Adam Hull, and Dakota Manchette took 3rd place in a 5150 (mentally disturbed person)  W&I scenario.

Thank you everyone for your help supporting the Explorers the past year with their fund raising efforts through T-shirt sales and the donation made from the PSOA. Both the fundraising and financial donations helped cover a large percentage of the cost to attend the competition. The Explorers are looking forward to next competing at the Southern California Explorer Competition in March 2014.

About Sunnyvale Explorers

Explorers receive both police and fire training and learn to respond to emergency scenes, go on ride-alongs and assist Police and Fire personnel in Sunnyvale. They have the opportunity to attend national competitions, both police and fire academies and leadership training.  They also assist the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety in community-wide events such as the Cops Care Cancer Foundation annual Fantasy Flight, the Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival, DUI checkpoints and Fit and Fun Fair

Explorers meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Anyone between 14 and 20 years old is welcome to come and check out what the explorers do.  We recommend you call before attending a meeting for an update on meeting days.

A division of the Boy Scouts of America, Post 417 is a non-profit volunteer program for teenagers designed to educate and involve youth in Public Safety activities. The program offers participation in a rewarding and productive service activity, as well as prepares youth for future roles as good citizens and contributing community members.

For more information about the Sunnyvale Explorers, please email Explorers@sunnyvale.ca.gov.

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Explorers in Color Guard“I wish I knew about Explorers when I was in high school, “ lamented Sunnyvale Public Safety’s new Community Service Officer, Sally Dia. “I know that I would have joined something like that… it’s such a great program and it really does give [Explorers] a step ahead when they apply with a [Public Safety] agency.”

Sunnyvale’s Explorer Post 417 is designed for 14 to 20 year olds to get hands-on experience with public safety activities while helping the community. As part of the Boy Scouts of America, there is an emphasis on education, self-improvement and volunteer service. But Explorers in Sunnyvale also get the added benefit of Public Safety’s cross-trained force, giving them training in police and fire activities while gaining insight into what it’s like to be a Public Safety Officer. Whether it’s learning how to respond to an emergency situation, going on a police ride-along or attending Fire Academy, Sunnyvale Explorers not only learn valuable skills but actually get to assist officers during community events throughout the year.

Daniel Alcazar,18, is going on his third year with Sunnyvale Explorers. “For me, personally, I’ve always wanted to be a police officer. I think being an Explorer can help me get a foot in the door to getting hired later on.” A senior at Fremont High School, Alcazar plans to get a degree in psychology before applying to the law enforcement academy.  But before that, he’s looking forward to upcoming, statewide competitions. “It’s a good experience. They put us through scenarios that an officer might face.” This type of hands-on learning and practice is what keeps Alcazar and his peers coming back twice a month.

Adam Hull, 19, is a student at West Valley Community College and also in his third year as an Explorer. While he has a strong interest in police activities, he likes the cross-training that being mentored at Sunnyvale Public Safety offers. “Last summer, I went to the Explorer Fire Academy. Ever since that, I got a taste of the fire side. So, being at Sunnyvale and having both the fire and police has opened me to both things.”   Although, Hull is studying criminal justice at West Valley, he signed up for fire science classes at Mission College after the experience. “I would love to end up some place like Sunnyvale. I’d hate to have to choose between fire and police, so Sunnyvale would be the ideal place for me to end up.”

Carlo Merino, 17, attends Foothill-DeAnza as part of his middle college program. While Merino has only been an Explorer for six months, he has been impressed by the things that they get to do. “Going through the alcohol and tobacco sting… that was great. But [this program] teaches you a lot of other things like leadership and teamwork — which is a highly valued quality in the workforce, especially.”  Merino believes that there’s something for everyone in Explorers, even if they don’t want to go into Public Safety.  Merino, himself, is still considering whether he wants a career in law enforcement and intends to serve in the Air Force.  “I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went to the first meeting, but I really liked the respect that they held for me and each other coming in. We get along really well, support each other and even hang out a lot after.”

“I guess it’s different being one of the only girls here,” said Priscilla Meza,19, who is a criminal justice major at San Jose State. “But everyone treats each other with respect, so I’m really just one of the team, you know?” Meza got involved in Explorers because of family ties to law enforcement. “I actually want to be a probation officer after I graduate. I feel like it’s the best way that I can help people, and that’s why I’m here.”  Meza is glad that she is emerged in the whole Public Safety experience instead of just listening to people talk about it. “I learn more when I get to put my hands on something,” explained Meza. “Like last time we did hand-cuffing drills. And I feel like what we learn here is preparing us for what we can expect at the academy.”

Explorer Post 417 at the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety meets two Wednesdays each month, year-round. Aside from the training that the group receives during their regular meetings, they also join Public Safety Officers for community outreach events from festivals to DUI checkpoints. This year, the troop is also practicing for statewide competitions and hopes to bring awards home for Sunnyvale. To find out more about the program, visit Explorers.inSunnyvale.com or email Explorers@sunnyvale.ca.gov

When asked what he would like other people his age to know about Explorers, Hull said, “If you have any interest at all in being a police officer, a firefighter or wanting to learn things that really help people in emergencies and save lives... You should definitely come down and check it out. You get a lot of hands-on experience and you get to see what these cops and firefighters do every single day.”

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