The Explorer Program made its debut in Manteca in 1967 and has been a vital part of the community ever since. Over the course of three decades the Explorer Program has been ranked as one of the best in the Nation.
The Explorer Program is a co-ed career based program for young men and women between the ages of 14-21 years old. If the Explorer is in high school they must maintain a 2.0 or better grade point average and must be willing to work at least 15 hours each month at the station.
The members of Explorer Post 805 have been recognized as the Volunteer Group of theYear from the business community. Over the past 8 years the Explorer Post has raised funds to pay for over $1,200 worth of new books for the public library, $1,000 for lights in the library park and have been supporters, both financially and with staffing, for the Boys & Girls Club of Manteca, Hope Family Shelter and the Manteca United Way. The highly visible explorer post of 25 young adults can be seen as the workforce at almost every city event and a number of community events. The post also has taken a number of first and second place trophies in the California Gold Rush and Code 3 Competitions. In addition to the police competitions the explorer program also maintains a fleet of their own vehicles to include the community events trailer, the 1947 Chevy Fleetmaster and the 1966 Nova Police vehicles. The Explorers also have in their fleet a Chevy van, F250 Ford Pickup and several trailers. None of these vehicles were purchased with city funds, but through sponsorships and fund raising. Each year the post has two car shows. Each show now has over 300 vehicles and a portion of the funds raised goes towards a local charity.
To become a member of the explorer program you must complete an application and be accepted into the program following an oral board and background investigation.
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