Academy Staff

STARS Explorer Training Academy Staff

The STARS Explorer Academy training staff consists of Sheriff’s Deputies and Sheriff’s civilian personnel who volunteer their time (on their day off) to provide a high quality training program for the explorer recruits. The staff is led by the LASD Explorer Program Coordinator Sergeant who oversees and administers the entire explorer training academy program. The deputies and others are assigned as platoon staff instructors, and are commonly referred to as “D.I.’s” (Drill Instructors).

The STARS Explorer Training Academy is actually two programs that operate simultaneously. The first component is the recruit training, and the second is the explorer staff instructor cadre. Within the explorer staff cadre, there are two positions: Explorer Staff Instructors (commonly referred to as “D.I.’s) and Explorer Interns.

The Explorer staff consists of individuals who have successfully completed the STARS Explorer Training Academy and have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills.  STARS Explorer Staff Instructors are probational and must successfully complete the intensive LASD Explorer Leadership Institute (ELI) program, within one year of being appointed by the Staff Sergeant.  They also must have the recommendation of their respective explorer post advisor.

Explorer Interns are selected by the Staff Sergeant, on a probational basis, and have to learn the administrative and support operations aspects of the program, before being considered for an explorer staff instructor position. All explorer staff must perform to a high standard in order to remain on the staff.

The explorer staff is supervised & directed by a senior explorer, known as the “Ram-Rod”. The “Ram-Rod” is also responsible for supervising the explorer staff instructors and for overseeing the recruit class.  The Ram-Rod’s assistant is called the “Regent”.  The Explorer Interns are supervised & directed by another Explorer, called the “Intern Coach”.

The academy recruits ALWAYS come before the training staff.  The academy experience is theirs, and it is the mission of the staff to provide a safe, fun, and structured learning environment for them, holding the recruits accountable along the way.  The training staff at the STARS Explorer Academy lead by example; they will never have what the recruits do not have.  The staff only wear the authorized uniforms of the LASD, and are required to keep their uniforms in inspection-ready condition, which includes shinning their uniform boots, just as the recruits are expected to do.

The training staff is always available and willing to assist with any phase of the explorer training academy, during normal explorer academy hours.

The academy staff for Class 101 is listed below:

Staff Sergeant:


Sergeant Duncan Explorer Ram-Rod: Explorer Duran
Explorer Regent: Explorer Bennett Explorer Intern Coach: Explorer Gittens
1st Platoon:
Sergeant Romo
Officer Wong
Explorer Jackson
Explorer Carranza
2nd Platoon:
Deputy Cordova

Deputy Sanchez
Officer Castaneda
Explorer McGrattan
Explorer Ramirez

3rd Platoon:
Deputy Encinas
Deputy Liu
Explorer Tzab
Explorers Brown
4th Platoon:
Deputy Winfrey
Officer Melendez
Explorer Walters
Explorer Espinoza
5th Platoon:
6th Platoon:
7th Platoon:
8th Platoon: