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Hollister Police Department Explorers to host 5K Foot Pursuit

HPD Explorers Post 395 hosting 3rd annual 5K Foot Pursuit on Saturday, May 12 at Brigantino Park in Hollister.

Saturday is the only chance to run from a Hollister Police Department officer and get away with it.

The Hollister Police Explorers Post 395 is a hosting the 3rd annual 5K Foot Pursuit on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Brigantino Park in Hollister. Race day packet pickup will begin at 8 a.m. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m.

The race supports the HPD Explorer Program and a portion of the proceeds earned from the race will be donated to the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation, whose goals are to assist families of fallen officers. The race coincides with National Police Week.

The idea for the race came about after the HPD Explorer Program didn't receive direct funds from the police department and city of Hollister, said HPD Explorer Advisor Staci Esqueda.

“We want to put on an event that would provide students and young adults the opportunity to be part of law enforcements future,” Esqueda said.

The event is something that families can get out and enjoy with law enforcement.

“We try to make it interactive as possible," Esqueda said.

The event will not only host a 5k run and walk, but also a public safety fair and a kids zone for family and friends of the participants.

The aim of the 5K Foot Pursuit is to have a day of support for the police explorers, their pursuit in becoming law enforcement’s future officers, the families of fallen officers, and also to build a closer relationship between law enforcement and the public.

“The run will fund the entire HPD Explorer Program for the year giving kids the opportunity to travel outside the county to places like Alcatraz and there communication center in Santa Cruz,” Esqueda said. "The staff at the Hollister Police Department and the explorers of the Hollister Police Explorers Program, Post 395 put their all into making this event and the program a success."

Anyone that has not registered can do so before the run at 8 a.m. or visit https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/Hollister/5KFootPursuit.

About the Hollister Police Department Explorer Post 395

The program administered by the Hollister Police Department in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America-Learning For Life Program for youth ages 14 to 20.

The explorers of the Hollister Police Department (HPD) Explorer Program are youth from around the Hollister area interested in a career in law enforcement. Explorers receive mentoring and training in several areas of police work and the criminal justice system. The training occurs year-round and requires full involvement from the Explorer. An Explorer's training ranges from hands-on application, formal lesson plans, to Explorer-based academy attendance. Explorers also donate their time back to the community of Hollister by participating in community service activities, public events, and peer sponsorship. All the activities and events that Explorers participate in are only achieved by fundraising, sponsor support, and donations.

Explorers gain confidence, discipline, and guidance needed to work in the public service field. They are also better prepared when continuing on to attend a police training facility. Many of today's officers received the same start in other Explorer programs. 

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Blaire Strohn (bstrohn)

Blaire Strohn is a graduate student at Oklahoma State University focusing on International Agriculture. Blaire also graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture Communications. Born and raised on a cow/calf operation ranch in Paicines, she is passionate about the agriculture community and western way of life.

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