2012-06-22 / Family

Exploring a future career

Julio Espinoza Julio Espinoza Julio Espinoza is not a sworn deputy, but the 19-year-old Camarillo resident has already worked undercover for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

“I would go into a liquor store to buy alcohol to see if they would sell it to me,” said Espinoza, who took part in sting operations involving area retailers.

It’s one of the many lawrelated activities Espinoza had access to as part of the Explorer program, a nationwide program sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America that gives youngsters ages 14 to 20 an opportunity to volunteer with law enforcement.

Espinoza joined the Explorer post at the Camarillo Police Department—one of 10 posts in the county—in 2010 and volunteered to serve 760 hours at the station.

For his efforts, the Camarillo City Council named Espinoza Explorer of the Year at the council’s regular meeting on June 13. He received the award for his perfect attendance, volunteer service hours and the numerous merit badges that decorate his uniform.

“(Espinoza has) been our most dependable Explorer,” said Todd Eskridge, a community resource officer at the Camarillo police station. “Whenever I need something from the Explorers, I call him fi rst.”

Espinoza, who aspires to be an FBI agent, completed programs in CPR, first aid and emergency preparedness.

He also spent last summer at a monthlong law enforcement academy, where he learned how to write a report and the basics of traffic and criminal law.

“I’m sad this is my last year,” said Espinoza, who graduated from Adolfo Camarillo High School in 2011 and will soon be too old for the program.

Espinoza will not leave the Camarillo police station just yet. The station hired Espinoza to work as a front office clerk during the summer until he returns to Ventura College in the fall.

Stephanie Guzman

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