Each week, recruits are expected to take thorough notes during training lectures and demonstrations. These notes must be re-written in “outline format” and submitted at the beginning of each Saturday for review and grading. Weekly notebook grades are counted toward the recruit’s overall grade point average (GPA).
Recruits missing lectures due to absences are required to make up those notes and submit them upon returning to the explorer academy.
Weekly notebooks are cumulative. This means that the notes are added week-to-week as the notebook gets larger. Each subject will be separated by tab dividers, and placed into the notebook in sequential order, beginning with the first lecture and ending with the final lecture.
Each new recruit will be provided with a weekly notebook coversheet. The coversheet will document the submission of each week’s notes, the grade received, and indicate which staff member graded that particular week’s notes.
Table of Contents Page
The next page in the weekly notebook will be a table of contents page. This page is to be completed by the recruit. As with all written assignments, the table of contents page, and all notes submitted in the weekly notebook, shall be hand-written, using all capital letters, in pencil, and on College Ruled notebook paper. The table of contents page must have the standard heading in the upper right hand corner, like so:
RECRUIT JOHNSON, ROBERT
L.A.S.D. EXPLORER ACADEMY
CLASS # 86 PLATOON # 1
FEBRUARY 12, 2011
Table of Contents must by centered on the top line of the paper. After skipping one line, the table of contents list will begin with the Roman Numeral “I” and go in sequential order after that. Next to the Roman Numeral, the title of the lecture or demonstration will be written out (no abbreviations). Next to the lecture or demonstration title, the date of the lecture / demonstration will be written, using a six digit date (mm/dd/yy). Next to the date, the primary instructor’s name will be written out, using their title and last name, like so:
I. HISTORY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT 02-19-11 DEPUTY WALKER
Following the table of contents page, the first tab divider will be added. Recruits must mark the tab dividers with a Roman Numeral the coincides with the table of contents page. Tab dividers can be either white or yellow, with either clear or colored tabs.
The notes submitted in the weekly notebook must have the standard heading in the upper right hand corner, as indicated above. The title of the lecture / demonstration must be centered on the top line of the paper.
After skipping one line, the notes will begin with the Roman Numeral “I” and go in sequential order after that. The outline format should look like so:
A further example of proper outline format is located in the Recruit Training Manual.
The training staff is available to assist recruits with questions about the weekly notebook.