Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
WHEN ARE THE MEETINGS?
Meetings are scheduled every Thursday night from 1730 hours to approximately 2100 hours. Some meetings may be skipped or rescheduled for holidays and at other times at the Post Advisors' discretion.
Where are meetings held?
Meetings are held at Ben Clark Training Center in Riverside. Specific location and building information will be provided after a background check has been conducted.
What does it cost to become an Explorer?
The Department contracts with Learning for Life to provide certain administrative services associated with running the Explorer Program. These fees are paid for by the post. After a probationary period, Explorers will be issued a Class C Uniform to be worn when attending meetings. The cost of purchasing Class A (formal) and Class B (event/ride-along) uniforms are the responsibility of the explorer. The Post may cover these costs on a case-by-case basis. Explorers are responsible for purchasing boots to be worn with any class of uniform. Explorers are responsible for purchasing physical training attire.
What should I wear to my first meeting?
Explorer applicants shall wear appropriate business attire to meetings until issued their Class C Uniform. Closed-toe shoes are mandatory.
What should I bring to my first meeting?
Applicants shall wear appropriate business attire. Bring a pen and paper for your first meetings. Applicants will be given a starter beinder following their probationary period. Additionally, Applicants shall bring the following physical training attire:
- Running Shoes
- White Crew socks
- Navy Blue Workout Shorts or Sweats
- Plaint White Tee Shirt
- 3D or 4D-style Flashlight
Are parents allowed during meetings?
We understand that you are entrusting your child to the Post for the duration of the meeting and that may come with some reservations. Your child will be treated fairly and equitably while in our program. Parents are allowed to stay for meetings if they so desire. However, it is encouraged that your child become comfortable and confident without your presence.
How long will my background INVESTIGATION take?
Because each Explorer Applicant is unique, there is no set timeframe on how long a background investigation takes to complete. After submitting their application, each Explorer Applicant will be assigned to a Background Investigation Officer who will complete the investigation. Most background investigations are completed in 30 days or less.
What are the minimum requirements to apply?
Explorer Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be between the ages of 15-20
- No drug or alcohol use
- Have no felony arrests or convictions
- Be in good standing with their school, work, and family
What are minimum requirements once I become an Explorer?
- Attendance at weekly meetings is mandatory. Illness, pre-scheduled vacation, and special events are valid reasons for not attending a meeting. You will be required to notify an Advisor prior to any absence. However, habitually missing meetings is not acceptable. CHP Policy requires Explorers and Advisors to conduct a minimum of two meetings per month.
- A minimum of eight hours per month of community service. Community Service is defined as events with Riverside CHP Area personnel. Community Service is conducted as a Post and NOT as an individual at unsanctioned CHP events.
- Participate in one ride-along each quarter (every three months). In order to participate in a ride-along, Explorers shall demonstrate the following:
- Satisfactory knowledge of the CHP 254 (Brevity Code Card)
- Completion of CHP Level 1 Training with the Post
- Be in good standing with the Post