“I liked everything. The whole atmosphere of how everything we did was tied into actual experiences we could have. I learned to never give up on myself or others.”

Explorer Celeste J.
LASD Industry Station – Class 89


“I went through a different explorer academy, totally different, to become an explorer. I personally think that this academy is the best. I see myself as a better person with a lot of confidence, responsibility, respect, and discipline.”

Explorer Jeovany V.
Long Beach PD – Class 85


“If it weren’t for this program, i have no idea where i’d be.  Since I’ve been here, I’ve lost 23 pounds.  If that’s not a good change, then I have no idea what is!”

Explorer Robert J.
LASD East LA Station – Class 93


“Before this academy, I had no self-discipline and no hope or faith in myself. If not for the staff, I might not be here today. They taught me self-discipline, courage and hope.”

Explorer Jazmin L.
LASD Cerritos Station – Class 85


“[The program] gave me strength and taught me to be honest at all times, to earn what I really want, and that nothing comes easy.”

Explorer Gerardo S.
LASD East LA Station – Class 89


“Taking part in the LASD Explorer Academy program helped me to discover three things that are very important to me today: leadership in the community, life commitment to physical excellence, and application of professionalism to my job today. I apply these same valuable leadership lessons daily in my life as an officer in the United States Army. The explorer academy really built a strong foundation of real world leadership skills that I value highly today.”

Lieutenant Eric K. (US Army)
United States Military Academy at West Point Graduate (2012)
Former LASD Explorer (Class 75)