News Story


Fillmore Explorer Post Cleans Up Santa Paula Punch Bowls
4/6/2015 3:50:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Explorers Clean Up Santa Paula Punchbowls


Santa Paula Punchbowls

Date & Time:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 (0800-1700 hours)

Unit(s) Responsible:

Fillmore Police Department and VCSO Aviation Unit


On Tuesday March 31, 2015, the Fillmore Explorer Post #2958 spent their spring break hiking up to the Santa Paula Punch Bowls near Thomas Aquinas College. As they hiked up to the pools of water, they collected several bags of trash scattered throughout the canyon. In coordination with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit, the explorers carried the trash bags to a designated location where the explorers were then able to witness the air unit touch down, pick up the bags, and then fly them away. Explorer Advisor Deputy Leonardo Vazquez described the event as "a great opportunity for the explorers to clean up their environment, get a workout, and witness one of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office greatest resources in action." The hike was led by Civilian Explorer Advisor DJ Wareham, Cadet Julio Espinoza, Deputy Leonardo Vazquez, and Fillmore Citizen Patrol member Isela Larin. The Fillmore Explorers would like to thank Sergeant Carl Patterson and the members of the Aviation Unit for their collaboration with this event. #VCSO #AIRUNIT #EXPLORERS #FILLMOREPOLICE


The Law Enforcement Explorer Program consists of young men and women ages 14-21 with an interest in learning more about careers in the field of Law Enforcement. The explorer program provides law enforcement career experiences, leadership opportunities, educational training, and community service activities. The primary goals of the program are to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens in their communities and the nation.


If you would like more information about your local explorer program, please contact School Resource Officer, Deputy Leonardo Vazquez at or 805-947-8150


Prepared by:

Cadet Julio Espinoza


News Release Date:

April 6, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Cadet Julio Espinoza (805) 524-2234



Approved by:

Captain Dave Wareham