February 15, 2011 > Union City Explorers take center stage
Union City Explorers take center stage
By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Union City PD
Union City Police Explorers were honored for their efforts and accomplishments over the past year at the Post's fourth annual family night and award ceremony. Explorer staff consists of one captain, one lieutenant, and several sergeants. Under the able guidance of advisors, Police Explorers develop invaluable relationships with police personnel, some of whom they may work with in the future. An Explorer Parent Night and Awards Ceremony was held on Monday, January 31 at Kennedy Center in Union City. Attendees included Union City Police Chief Greg Stewart, Lieutenant Mark Quindoy, COPPS Sergeant Matt Pardo and former Union City councilmember Carol Dutra-Vernaci.
Explorer Captain Alma Aguilera was awarded Explorer of the Year honors and the Officer Joe Leon Memorial Community Service Award. This award was developed by the Explorer Post Advisors to recognize the individual who has provided the most community service hours and has made a positive impact in the community.
"The explorers have donated over 2300 hours of community service to the City of Union City," said Officer Ryan Seto, COPPS Unit, Union City Police Department, senior advisor to the post; Officer Jon Persinger is the co-advisor. "The explorers have worked long and hard throughout the year to keep our post active within the community and the Police Department," he said. "One of the main goals of our program is to provide skills our explorers can use throughout their lives to ensure success in whatever career path they choose. We pride ourselves in having the most active, knowledgeable, professional, and hard working explorers in the State of California." he added.
Since the program emphasizes municipal law enforcement, scouts are called "Police Explorers". Explorers attend weekly meetings and receive training in various law enforcement subjects. Each Explorer rides with a Union City police officer once a month. Some attend a one-week Explorer Academy. These volunteers assist police officers controlling traffic at parades and other special events, perform administrative duties for the Traffic Section, Patrol Section, Investigations Sections, Personnel and Training Section, Community Oriented Policing Unit, Records and Communications. "It gives me pleasure to see explorers change as they mature within our program. You will notice an increase of confidence, discipline and leadership skills, as your children promote within the post," said Officer Seto. A short movie provided parents with a glimpse of training, events, competitions, and community service by Union City Explorers.