Pomona: Police Explorer Is Optimist Youth Of The Year

Photo Courtesy:  PPD

Photo Courtesy: PPD
Optimist Youth of the Year, Serena Grajeda and Officer Ernie Rios.

Staff Reports

Pomona – The Pomona Breakfast Optimist Club has selected Pomona Police Explorer, Serena Grajeda, as their Youth of the Year. She was nominated and selected by her Explorer Post as the most outstanding Explorer in 2015. Grajeda was recognized at a recent dinner with formal Certificates of appreciation from the City of Pomona and State Assembly.

According to the Pomona Police Department, Grajeda was required to attend a 22-week Explorer Academy in order to complete the requirements of her Post – which is affiliated with the Boys Scouts of America.

Since completion of the Academy, Grajeda has served hundreds of volunteer hours in the community at special events, parades, campouts and safety checkpoints. She has worked tirelessly to develop her self-confidence, leadership and law enforcement skills through regular exercises, drills and competitions.

Grajeda plans to seek a career in law enforcement after college. She has expressed a strong desire to serve the Pomona community as a Pomona Police Officer.

Grajeda is currently a 10th Grader at Pomona Catholic High School, and enjoys her family, playing basketball and, of course, being a Police Explorer.

The success of the Explorer Program has been made possible through the support of the numerous hours of mentorship and training by the Police Officers that volunteer as Explorer Advisors. Officer Ernie Rios has been an exceptional resource for Grajeda and the other explorers.

The Pomona Police Department thanks the explorers and advisors for their unwavering commitment to the community.