Our tribe has always been proud to partner with local law enforcement as part of our commitment to strength through unity. By maintaining close ties with those who keep our community safe, we ensure that our membership continues to have a voice in regional affairs.

To this end, we’re proud to be a part of the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Community Outreach Panel, an initiative to engage the community and build the public’s confidence in CHP’s mission of providing the highest level of safety, service and security to the people of California.

Founded in 2012, the CHP’s Explorer Program offers young men and women of the state the opportunity to learn from dedicated public servants in a hands-on professional setting. Students partner with officers and administrators in training sessions, ride alongs, community events, and other vital services to learn what it takes to serve the people of the Upper Lake area and make our community a safer, more secure place.

The Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake will host a presentation Tuesday, November 14, bringing the CHP Explorer Program to our Tribal families and offering the chance for our youth to apply for this exciting program. It is the hope of the Tribal leadership that rapport between tribal youth and law enforcement is enhanced as many of our young members seek out this and similar public service opportunities to engage with the world around them, with a focus on helping our friends and neighbors in the Lake County area.

These partnerships with local law enforcement exemplify the shared belief that together we are stronger. Stronger now and in the future because it just could be that the next young person to join the Explorer Program today is the Chief of Police tomorrow. When we show our children the wealth of possibilities they’re living in, we give them the power to make it their own and strengthen our collective future.

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