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Explorer Academy Class 103 Graduation / Rehearsal

When:   Saturday December 7, 2019 (12:00 PM)

Where:   Whittier High School Auditorium 12417 Philadelphia Street, Whittier

(East side of campus on Whittier Av.)

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

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

Breakfast: Be sure to eat breakfast the morning of graduation, so that you do not faint while in formation! It happens every graduation. The graduation ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 12:00 PM, in the auditorium.

Recruits must be at the location, in uniform, no later than 6:45 AM.

The graduation REHEARSAL is scheduled to begin on Saturday, at 7:00 AM, in the auditorium. Recruits must be at the location, in uniform, no later than 6:45 AM.

ALL recruits must meet AT WHITTIER HIGH SCHOOL, do not come to STARS Center, there will be no one there. Recruits need to bring a sack lunch to eat at approximately 11:00 AM prior to the ceremony.

Recruits not if full uniform, not prepared, not on time, not meeting the academy uniform and grooming standards, will not be permitted to graduate with the class. Additionally, any recruit who violates explorer academy policy or behaves in an unprofessional manner during the rehearsal and/or graduation ceremony, will be immediately separated from the explorer academy and prohibited from graduating with the class. Be on your best behavior.

All recruits MUST attend the graduation rehearsal. There will not be a lot of time for recruits to rehearse on graduation day. This is a choreographed and formal graduation requiring a detailed rehearsal.

AUDIENCE will be allowed inside the auditorium at 11:30 am. Ceremony will begin promptly at 12:00 PM.

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS: NO BALLOONS, LARGE SIGNS, NOISE MAKERS, or FOOD ARE ALLOWED INSIDE THE AUDITORIUM.  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.

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.

Recruits will be released at about 3:30 PM. Parents are responsible for picking their recruit up from Whittier High School on time. Staff will not be available to stay with recruits waiting for their ride to come.

Thank you for allowing your son or daughter to participate in our program. As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sergeant Anthony Romo

EXPLORER PROGRAM COORDINATOR 11515 COLIMA ROAD, F-112 ,WHITTIER, CALIFORNIA 90604 aromo@lasd.org  323-819-8146 

Colors Run Notice to Parents – Class #103

EXPLORER CLASS #103 WEEK ELEVEN

ELEVENTH DAY OF ACADEMY TRAINING DAY IS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23, 2019, FROM 0630 HOURS UNTIL 1530 HOURS.  RECRUITS WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE ATM IN THE N/W CORNER OF TELEGRAPH ROAD AND COLIMA ROAD AT 0615 HOURS.

UNIFORM OF THE DAY IS PT ATTIRE,  ALSO BRING YOUR COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ATTIRE AND YOUR CLASS B UNIFORM “WITHOUT” PATCHES SEWN ON.  RECRUITS MUST BE PREPARED WITH NOTEBOOKS, WRITING MATERIALS  AND A SACK LUNCH PROPERLY MARKED AND ISSUED WATER CONTAINER.

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR  LECTURE NOTES, CURRENT EVENT,  WORD OF THE WEEK “BRAVERY” ASSIGNMENTS AND ANY ADDITIONAL GIG PAPER ASSIGNED TO YOU.  PARENTS AND OR CARPOOL DRIVERS REMEMBER TO BE ON TIME WHEN PICKING UP THE RECRUITS.

TESTING ON SECTION SIX (#6) THIS WEEK.  IF YOU WERE ABSENT LAST WEEK OR THE WEEK BEFORE, BE PREPARED TO DO MAKEUP TESTS ,  YOU MISSED BY BEING ABSENT PREVIOUSLY.  CONTINUE TO PREPARE PHYSICALLY FOR THE  COLORS RUN.

THE STAFF AND CLASS WILL BE TRANSPORTED VIA BUSES TO MURPHY RANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN EAST WHITTIER FOR THE START OF THE RUN.  RUN WILL START APPROXIMATELY AT 0730 HOURS AND END AT COSTCO WAREHOUSE IN LA HABRA.  PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO COME AND CHEER ON THE RECRUITS.

EXPLORER CLASS #103 WEEK TEN

TENTH DAY OF ACADEMY TRAINING DAY IS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2019, FROM 0700 HOURS UNTIL 1530 HOURS.  RECRUITS WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE ATM IN THE N/W CORNER OF TELEGRAPH ROAD AND COLIMA ROAD AT 0645 HOURS.

UNIFORM OF THE DAY IS PT ATTIRE,  ALSO BRING YOUR COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ATTIRE AND YOUR CLASS B UNIFORM “WITHOUT” PATCHES SEWN ON.  RECRUITS MUST BE PREPARED WITH NOTEBOOKS, WRITING MATERIALS  AND A SACK LUNCH PROPERLY MARKED AND ISSUED WATER CONTAINER.

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR  LECTURE NOTES, CURRENT EVENT,  WORD OF THE WEEK “VALOR” ASSIGNMENTS AND ANY ADDITIONAL GIG PAPER ASSIGNED TO YOU.  PARENTS AND OR CARPOOL DRIVERS REMEMBER TO BE ON TIME WHEN PICKING UP THE RECRUITS.

IF YOU WERE ABSENT LAST WEEK OR THE WEEK BEFORE, BE PREPARED TO DO MAKEUP TESTS , MIDTERM EXAM  ON SECTIONS 1-5, LECTURES THROUGH RANGE DAY. AND ON ANY SECTIONS YOU MISSED BY BEING ABSENT PREVIOUSLY.  CONTINUE TO PREPARE PHYSICALLY FOR UPCOMING COLORS RUN ON NOVEMBER 23 ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT TO PREPARE.

EXPLORER CLASS #103 WEEK NINE

NINTH DAY OF ACADEMY TRAINING DAY IS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2019, FROM 0700 HOURS UNTIL 1530 HOURS.  RECRUITS WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE ATM IN THE N/W CORNER OF TELEGRAPH ROAD AND COLIMA ROAD AT 0645 HOURS.

UNIFORM OF THE DAY IS PT ATTIRE,  ALSO BRING YOUR COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ATTIRE AND YOUR CLASS B UNIFORM “WITHOUT” PATCHES SEWN ON.  RECRUITS MUST BE PREPARED WITH NOTEBOOKS, WRITING MATERIALS  AND A SACK LUNCH PROPERLY MARKED AND ISSUED WATER CONTAINER.

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR  CURRENT EVENT,  WORD OF THE WEEK “DUTY” ASSIGNMENTS AND ANY ADDITIONAL GIG PAPER ASSIGNED TO YOU.  PARENTS AND OR CARPOOL DRIVERS REMEMBER TO BE ON TIME WHEN PICKING UP THE RECRUITS.

MIDTERM EXAM  THIS WEEK ON SECTIONS 1-5, LECTURES THROUGH RANGE DAY LAST WEEK.  IF YOU WERE ABSENT LAST WEEK OR THE WEEK BEFORE, BE PREPARED TO DO MAKEUP TESTS ON ANY SECTIONS YOU MISSED BY BEING ABSENT PREVIOUSLY.  CONTINUE TO PREPARE PHYSICALLY FOR UPCOMING COLORS RUN ON NOVEMBER 23 ONLY 2 1/2 WEEKS LEFT TO PREPARE.

RANGE POINTS TO REMEMBER. 1. TREAT EVERY FIREARM AS IF IT WERE LOADED. 2. NEVER POINT A FIREARM AT ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO SHOOT OR DESTROY. 3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOU HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO DISCHARGE THE WEAPON. 4. BE AWARE OF YOUR TARGET , BACKSTOP AND WHAT IS BEYOND.

EXPLORER CLASS #103 WEEK EIGHT

EIGHTH DAY OF ACADEMY TRAINING DAY IS SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2019, FROM 0700 HOURS UNTIL 1530 HOURS.  RECRUITS WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE ATM IN THE N/W CORNER OF TELEGRAPH ROAD AND COLIMA ROAD AT 0645 HOURS.  RECRUITS WILL BE TRANSPORTED TO AND RECEIVE TRAINING AT PITCHESS DETENTION CENTER WEAPONS TRAINING RANGE IN VALENCIA.

UNIFORM OF THE DAY IS CLASS B “WITHOUT” PATCHES SEWN ON,  ALSO BRING YOUR COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ATTIRE AND YOUR PT ATTIRE.  RECRUITS MUST BE PREPARED WITH NOTEBOOKS, WRITING MATERIALS  AND $5. (FIVE DOLLARS) FOR RANGE BBQ LUNCH OR A  NON-PERISHABLE LUNCH PROPERLY MARKED AND ISSUED WATER CONTAINER.

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR LECTURE NOTES, CURRENT EVENT,  WORD OF THE WEEK ‘SACRIFICE” ASSIGNMENTS AND ANY ADDITIONAL GIG PAPER ASSIGNED TO YOU.  PARENTS AND OR CARPOOL DRIVERS REMEMBER WE WILL BE RETURNING FROM THE PDC WEAPONS TRAINING RANGE, DEPENDING ON TRAFFIC WE MAY BE DELAYED, PLEASE BE PATIENT AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY.   WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO RETURN ON TIME.

MAKEUP TESTING,  IF YOU WERE ABSENT LAST WEEK OR ANY WEEKS BEFORE, BE PREPARED TO DO MAKEUP TESTS ON ANY SECTIONS YOU MISSED PREVIOUSLY.

THE STARS EXPLORER OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY, PLEASE TEXT OR CALL SGT. ROMO AT 323-819-8146 IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

EXPLORER CLASS #103 WEEK SEVEN

SEVENTH DAY OF ACADEMY TRAINING DAY IS SATURDAY OCTOBER 26, 2019, FROM 0700 HOURS UNTIL 1530 HOURS.  RECRUITS WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE ATM IN THE N/W CORNER OF TELEGRAPH ROAD AND COLIMA ROAD AT 0645 HOURS.

UNIFORM OF THE DAY IS PT ATTIRE,  ALSO BRING YOUR COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ATTIRE AND YOUR CLASS B UNIFORM “WITHOUT” PATCHES SEWN ON.  RECRUITS MUST BE PREPARED WITH NOTEBOOKS, WRITING MATERIALS  AND A SACK LUNCH PROPERLY MARKED AND ISSUED WATER CONTAINER.  CONFIRM WITH YOUR PARENTS IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE WORKSHOP ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27TH.   New date TBD.

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR LECTURE NOTES, CURRENT EVENT,  WORD OF THE WEEK ‘COURAGE” ASSIGNMENTS AND ANY ADDITIONAL GIG PAPER ASSIGNED TO YOU.  PARENTS AND OR CARPOOL DRIVERS REMEMBER TO BE ON TIME WHEN PICKING UP THE RECRUITS.

TESTING ON SECTION FIVE  THIS WEEK.  IF YOU WERE ABSENT LAST WEEK OR THE WEEK BEFORE, BE PREPARED TO DO MAKEUP TESTS ON ANY SECTIONS YOU MISSED BY BEING ABSENT PREVIOUSLY.

EXPLORER CLASS #103 WEEK SIX

SIXTH DAY OF ACADEMY TRAINING DAY IS SATURDAY OCTOBER 19, 2019, FROM 0700 HOURS UNTIL 1530 HOURS.  RECRUITS WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE ATM IN THE N/W CORNER OF TELEGRAPH ROAD AND COLIMA ROAD AT 0645 HOURS.

UNIFORM OF THE DAY IS PT ATTIRE,  ALSO BRING YOUR COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ATTIRE AND YOUR CLASS B UNIFORM “WITHOUT” PATCHES SEWN ON.  RECRUITS MUST BE PREPARED WITH NOTEBOOKS, WRITING MATERIALS  AND A SACK LUNCH PROPERLY MARKED AND ISSUED WATER CONTAINER.  CONFIRM WITH YOUR PARENTS IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE WORKSHOP ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27TH.

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR LECTURE NOTES, CURRENT EVENT,  WORD OF THE WEEK ‘COMMITTMENT” ASSIGNMENTS AND ANY ADDITIONAL GIG PAPER ASSIGNED TO YOU.  PARENTS AND OR CARPOOL DRIVERS REMEMBER TO BE ON TIME WHEN PICKING UP THE RECRUITS.

TESTING ON SECTION FOUR  THIS WEEK.  IF YOU WERE ABSENT LAST WEEK OR THE WEEK BEFORE, BE PREPARED TO DO MAKEUP TESTS ON SECTION TWO OR THREE.

EXPLORER CLASS #103 WEEK FIVE

FIFTH DAY OF ACADEMY TRAINING DAY IS SATURDAY OCTOBER 12, 2019, FROM 0700 HOURS UNTIL 1530 HOURS.  RECRUITS WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE ATM IN THE N/W CORNER OF TELEGRAPH ROAD AND COLIMA ROAD AT 0645 HOURS. RECRUITS WILL BE ESCORTED ONTO THE CAMPUS BY THE ACADEMY STAFF.

UNIFORM OF THE DAY IS PT ATTIRE,  ALSO BRING YOUR COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ATTIRE AND YOUR CLASS B UNIFORM “WITHOUT” PATCHES SEWN ON, RECRUITS MUST BE PREPARED WITH NOTEBOOKS, WRITING MATERIALS  AND A SACK LUNCH PROPERLY MARKED AND WATER CONTAINER.

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR LECTURE NOTES, CURRENT EVENT,  WORD OF THE WEEK ‘RESPECT” ASSIGNMENTS AND ANY ADDITIONAL GIG PAPER ASSIGNED TO YOU.

TESTING ON SECTION THREE  THIS WEEK.  IF YOU WERE ABSENT LAST WEEK OR THE WEEK BEFORE BE PREPARED TO DO MAKEUP TESTS ON SECTION ONE AND , TWO AND OR THE SAFETY TEST.

EXPLORER CLASS #103 WEEK FOUR

FOURTH DAY OF ACADEMY TRAINING DAY IS SATURDAY OCTOBER 5, 2019, FROM 0700 HOURS UNTIL 1530 HOURS.  RECRUITS WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE ATM IN THE N/W CORNER OF TELEGRAPH ROAD AND COLIMA ROAD AT 0645 HOURS. RECRUITS WILL BE ESCORTED ONTO THE CAMPUS BY THE ACADEMY STAFF.

UNIFORM OF THE DAY IS PT ATTIRE,  ALSO BRING YOUR COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ATTIRE, RECRUITS MUST BE PREPARED WITH NOTEBOOKS, WRITING MATERIALS  AND A SACK LUNCH PROPERLY MARKED AND WATER CONTAINER.

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR LECTURE NOTES, CURRENT EVENT,  WORD OF THE WEEK ‘INTEGRITY” ASSIGNMENTS AND ANY ADDITIONAL GIG PAPER ASSIGNED TO YOU.

TESTING ON SECTION TWO  THIS WEEK.  IF YOU WERE ABSENT LAST WEEK BE PREPARED TO DO MAKEUP TESTS ON SECTION ONE AND THE SAFETY TEST.

EXPLORER CLASS #103 WEEK THREE

THIRD DAY OF ACADEMY TRAINING DAY IS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 2019, FROM
0700 HOURS UNTIL 1530 HOURS.  RECRUITS WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE ATM IN THE N/W CORNER OF TELEGRAPH ROAD AND COLIMA ROAD AT 0645 HOURS. RECRUITS WILL BE ESCORTED ONTO THE CAMPUS BY THE ACADEMY STAFF.

UNIFORM OF THE DAY IS PT ATTIRE,   (IF YOU HAVE NOT PICKED UP YOUR PT ATTIRE FROM SHERIFF’S RELIEF, IT SHOULD BE HERE ON SATURDAY, WEAR A PLAIN WHITE T-SHIRT AND YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO CHANGE)  ALSO BRING YOUR COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ATTIRE, RECRUITS MUST BE PREPARED WITH NOTEBOOKS, WRITING MATERIALS  AND A SACK LUNCH PROPERLY MARKED AND WATER CONTAINER.

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR LECTURE NOTES, CURRENT EVENT,  WORD OF THE WEEK ASSIGNMENTS AND ANY ADDITIONAL GIG PAPER ASSIGNED TO YOU.

TESTING ON SECTION ONE AND SAFETY TEST THIS WEEK.

EXPLORER CLASS #103 WEEK TWO

SECOND DAY OF ACADEMY TRAINING DAY IS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2019, FROM
0700 HOURS UNTIL 1530 HOURS.  RECRUITS WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE ATM IN THE N/W CORNER OF TELEGRAPH ROAD AND COLIMA ROAD AT 0645 HOURS. RECRUITS WILL BE ESCORTED ONTO THE CAMPUS BY THE ACADEMY STAFF.

UNIFORM OF THE DAY IS PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS ATTIRE, RECRUITS MUST BE PREPARED WITH NOTEBOOKS, WRITING MATERIALS  AND A SACK LUNCH PROPERLY MARKED AND WATER CONTAINER.

REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR MEMORIAL WALL WRITING ASSIGNMENTS AND ANY ADDITIONAL GIG PAPER ASSIGNED TO YOU.

EXPLORER CLASS #103 WEEK ONE

THE FIRST ACADEMY TRAINING DAY IS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2019, FROM
0700 HOURS UNTIL 1530 HOURS, IN THE STARS CENTER GYMNASIUM.  RECRUITS
WILL ASSEMBLE AT THE ATM IN THE N/W CORNER OF TELEGRAPH ROAD AND
COLIMA ROAD, AND WILL BE ESCORTED ONTO THE CAMPUS BY THE ACADEMY STAFF.

THE ATTIRE FOR ALL EXPLORER ACADEMY RECRUITS IS AS FOLLOWS:

–      MALE RECRUITS SHALL WEAR BLACK DRESS SLACKS, A WHITE LONG SLEEVE
DRESS SHIRT WITH A BLACK NECKTIE (NO CLIP ON TIES) AND BLACK SHOES OR
UNIFORM BOOTS.  RECRUITS MUST BE CLEAN SHAVEN, WITH NO FACIAL HAIR.

–     FEMALE RECRUITS SHALL WEAR APPROPRIATELY FITTED BLACK DRESS SLACKS,
A WHITE LONG SLEEVE BLOUSE WITH COLLAR (NO NECKTIE) AND BLACK SHOES OR
UNIFORM BOOTS (NO HIGH HEELS).  HAIR (OF A NATURAL COLOR) MUST BE UP IN
A TIGHT BUN.  NO MASCARA OR COLORED FINGERNAILS

WEBSITE: WWW.STARSEXPLORERACADEMY.ORG.  ALL REQUIRED REGISTRATION FORMS CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT THE WEBSITE ON THE FORMS LIBRARY PAGE.

RECRUITS MUST BE PREPARED WITH NOTE TAKING MATERIALS AND A SACK LUNCH ON
THE FIRST TRAINING DAY. A GEAR BAG, GARMENT BAG AND WATER CONTAINER WILL BE
PROVIDED TO EACH RECRUIT BY THE 5TH WEEK OF THE ACADEMY.

BRING YOUR COMPLETED AUTOBIOGRAPHY ASSIGNED TO YOU AT REGISTRATION DAY.

Colors Run Notice to Parents
Explorer Academy Range Day Field Trip

Academy Preview

STARS EXPLORER TRAINING ACADEMY

THIS WEBSITE IS NOT FOR RECRUITMENT PURPOSES. IF YOU ARE SEEKING INFORMATION ABOUT THE LASD DEPUTY EXPLORER PROGRAM, AND HOW TO APPLY, THE INFORMATION IS CONTAINED ON THE RECRUITMENT WEBSITE:    explorers.lasd.org

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.


STARS EXPLORER TRAINING ACADEMY ACTIVITIES


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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