CLASS #102 WEEK Eighteen

WEEK 18 –  SATURDAY – June 15, 2019, Explorer Graduation

What:                           Explorer Academy Class 102 Graduation

When:                          Saturday June 15, 2019 (1000)

Where:                        Whittier High School Auditorium

12417 Philadelphia Street, Whittier

Uniform:                      Full Class “B” uniform (No ball caps)

Breakfast:                   Be sure to eat breakfast before you arrive

Parking: Recruits and their families/friends park north of the tennis courts or on public street.

Recruits must be at the location, in uniform, no later than 7:00 AM.

ALL recruits are required to stay until the graduating class photograph is taken – after the graduation ceremonies. Parents and family WILL NOT be able to interact with recruits until AFTER the class photograph is taken and the recruits are dismissed.


Guests are not permitted to stand, sit, squat or otherwise remain in any of the aisles to take photographs or video, during the graduation ceremony. Guests requiring special seating accommodations, due to disability, should request assistance from ushering staff members upon arrival & plan on arriving early. Seating is first come, first seated.

Parking is limited. If you have someone in your group who requires handicapped access, you should arrive early and notify a staff member. Handicapped parking is limited.


Thank you for your cooperation, please contact me if you have any questions.

Sergeant Anthony Romo

Email: aromo@lasd.org

Cell:   714-745-7947

WEEK 16 CLASS #102 – STARS ACADEMY 06-1-19


When:             Saturday June 1, 2019 (10:00 AM)  (Recruits report at normal time: 0630)

Where:            STARS Center Gymnasium

Parking:           Families/friends must park in the lot at Telegraph Rd & Colima

Family Day is comparable to “Back-To-School-Night” or “Open House”. This is an opportunity for the families and friends of Explorer Academy recruits to visit the campus and learn more about the training and activities that the recruits have been involved in since February.

There will be a slide show, final notebook distribution, special recognition awards and other presentations. Light refreshments will be served after the presentations, until they are gone.

Recruits must show up at the normal time (0630) in complete Class B uniform. Guests should not show up prior to 9:30 AM, because they will not be allowed into the gymnasium until about 9:45 AM. The program should begin at 10:00 AM. Please be patient, this is not a professional Hollywood production. Due to the large size of this recruit class, and the limited space available to us, we ask each recruit to limit the number of family and friends to six (6) guests only.

Presentations and socializing should be concluded at approximately 2:00 PM. A limited quantity of commemorative Explorer Academy memorabilia may be available for purchase in the gymnasium, while supplies last (CASH ONLY). Please support the Explorer Academy program. Feel free to bring a camera (video/still) to this event.

Guests requiring special seating accommodations, due to disability, should request assistance from ushering staff members upon arrival & arrive a little early. Seating is 1st come 1st seated.


Saturday, April 20, 2019 report to STARS Center by 0615 hours. Recruits will assemble in the southeast parking lot near the ATM.   Recruits will be walked onto the facility by Explorer Academy Staff.   UOD is PT ATTIRE.  Be sure to eat breakfast prior to arrival.  LASD Transportation Bureau will provide buses for the recruits.  All recruits must travel on the buses in order to attend, no late arrivals.

EXPECTED EARLY DISMISSAL TIME APPROXIMATELY 1230 HOURS.  Please arrive in time to pick up your recruit.


The STARS Explorer Academy will be having our Colors Run on Saturday April 20, 2019. The Colors Run is a traditional activity that recognizes the accomplishments of the recruits and is meant to be a right-of-passage, at the midpoint of the academy.

The run for Class 102 will be at the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium. The recruits will gather and run in formation through the area. The class is expected to start and finish as one group with no recruits falling out of the formation or giving up. The run serves to unite the recruits as one team. Parents, friends and loved-ones are welcome to attend and show their support, but only academy recruits and staff may run in the event.

Recruits are to arrive at STARS at the normal time, in their complete P.T. gear. Be sure your recruit has breakfast prior to arrival at the STARS Center. Any injuries/illnesses must be brought to the attention of the staff during the morning inspection at STARS. Sheriff’s buses will transport the recruits to and from the Rose Bowl. It is anticipated that the buses will arrive at the Rose Bowl around 9:00 am. After a stretching period, the class will form up and begin the run.

After the run, the buses will return to STARS Center at approximately 1200 hours, recruits will be dismissed at approximately 1230 hours.

Additionally, participating recruits will receive a commemorative Colors Run –shirt to be worn during the run. Uniform patches are generally authorized to be sewn onto the Class B uniform the week after the Colors Run – however, wait for the authorization by the staff before actually sewing the patches on.

You are invited to attend the Class 102 Colors Run on April 20, 2019. Bring your camera. STARS Center staff office will be closed during the field trip. In case of emergency please contact me via my cell phone (323-819-8146) ****

Colors Run Notice to Parents
Explorer Academy Range Day Field Trip

Academy Preview



The Explorer Training Academy at the Sheriff’s Training Academy and Regional Services (STARS) Center is the primary training site for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Deputy Explorer program, and is a Learning For Life “Certified Law Enforcement Explorer Academy”. Because of our excellent reputation, high standards and comprehensive curriculum, several local police departments choose to send their explorer recruits to our academy as well. This explorer academy is 18 weeks in length and covers a myriad of law enforcement related subjects.

In addition to several law enforcement training subjects, the explorer academy curriculum also includes subjects geared toward building the recruit’s self-esteem, character development, self-confidence and exposure to valuable life skills, while holding each recruit accountable, without excuses, for their performance.

This website was specifically designed by Sergeant Roller and former LASD Explorer Brian Ho, in late 2010, at no expense to the Sheriff’s Department, to assist explorer academy recruits and enhance their individual effectiveness and organizational skills, while attending the STARS Explorer Training Academy. The website officially went on-line with the start of Explorer Academy Class 86 (February of 2011), and had over 350,000 viewings as of September of 2016.

Inside, academy recruits will find important information and announcements, weekly assignments, study tips, physical training tips, uniform specifications and other tools that they can use. This site will also enhance the contents of the Recruit Training Manual that all recruits are issued.

Explorer Post Advisors can download all of the required academy registration forms by accessing the “Academy Forms Library” link on the right side of this page. All required forms are in a PDF format for their convenience. Explorer Post Advisors & parents can also monitor their recruits’ academic progress by accessing the “Recruit Progress Reports” link on the right side of this page.

The STARS Explorer Academy training staff is available on Saturdays to every recruit who is in need of assistance while attending the explorer training academy.


AcademicsAcademics are a major component of the explorer training academy at STARS. Each week, recruits are required to take a radio codes test and a spelling test. Additionally, recruits are required to take copious notes during all lectures and presentations, that have to be neatly re-written in an outline format and submitted weekly in a cumulative notebook. Each recruit is responsible for submitting a current event paper that covers any topic relating to law enforcement and a motivational “Word of the Week” definition each week. Each of these assignments are graded and count toward the recruit’s overall grade point average (GPA).

Using their weekly notebooks as a study guide, recruits are required to take a mid-term and a final written examination, covering the various lectures that they have received.

A minimum GPA of 70% must be achieved and maintained throughout the explorer academy training program.

Recruits are afforded the opportunity to make up tests that they miss, during their lunch period.

The training academy staff make themselves available to provide study and note taking tips to any recruit who is struggling with the academic portion of the academy program, during normal school hours on Saturday.

Recruits (Parents/Guardians/Post Advisors as well) are kept advised of their academic progress and grades by accessing the Recruit Progress Reports link on this website. Each recruit is assigned a randomly selected and confidential student identification number, which allows them to access their grade and assignment list, from any computer.  Grades are updated before the end of the day, on Saturday.

Physical TrainingPhysical Training consists of approximately 25% of the explorer academy curriculum. Physical training is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing childhood obesity.

All recruits are required to participate in physical training, unless an illness or injury prevents them from doing so. The physical training component consists of stretching (flexibility), running (endurance), calisthenics, weight training (strengthening), obstacle courses (coordination) and defensive tactics exercises (self-confidence).

All recruits are required to participate in a minimum of two (2) of the scheduled three (3) PT 500 tests. The tests are given during the third week, at midterms and during finals. Because each young adult comes to the explorer training academy with a variety of physical abilities, the PT 500 scores do not count as part of the overall grade point average (GPA). Rather, the staff monitors the test scores and looks for individual improvement from one test to the next. Recruits are weighed during the PT 500 tests, to monitor weight loss and assist in goal-setting.

Defensive TacticsDefensive Tactics builds self-confidence and compliments the physical training component of the explorer training academy. Recruits are taught basic punching, striking, kicking and basic ground fighting techniques.

Recruits are issued protective grappling gloves prior to defensive tactics training classes, and are closely supervised throughout the exercises to prevent injury and insure proper technique.

The training does not include impact weapons, such as batons, because explorers are not permitted to carry weapons, and therefore the training would be unrealistic for them. Rather, each recruit is taught how to protect themselves against attack from another person, by means of personal weapons (hands, feet, arms), confrontation avoidance and awareness of their surroundings.

The feedback from graduating recruits, going back to explorer academy class 80, when defensive tactics was added to the curriculum, has been extremely favorable.

Firearms Safety & FamiliarizationFirearms Safety & Familiarization training has been a component of the explorer training academy for several decades. Recruits receive a firearms safety and familiarization lecture from the weapons training staff at the Sheriff’s Department range. The recruits are then allowed to fire a Department issued handgun and shotgun.

Recruits generally fire four (4) rounds from a handgun and two (2) rounds from a shotgun, at a stationary paper target. A member of the weapons training staff is always in close and direct supervision of each recruit on the firing line.

Although encouraged to participate, no recruit is mandated to fire a gun during firearms training.

DrillDrill is a means by which to move a group of individuals from one place to another, in an orderly fashion. Drill is also used as a tool to teach recruits impulse control, discipline and command presence.

Recruits learn basic drill, facing movements and marching from explorer training academy staff instructors.

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