STARS EXPLORER ACADEMY

UPDATE SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2023 UPCOMING EXPLORER CLASS #108 

ANNOUNCEMENT  COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS BUREAU 

 LASD EXPLORER ACADEMY CLASS # 108 

 PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY. 

 THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THE START OF EXPLORER ACADEMY CLASS #108, AT STARS CENTER IN WHITTIER, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2023. ALL POLICE AGENCIES WITH EXPLORER PROGRAMS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE. 

POLICE AGENCIES NOT CURRENTLY SENDING THEIR RECRUITS THROUGH THE LASD EXPLORER ACADEMY AT STARS CENTER AND WISH TO START SENDING THEM MUST FIRST EMAIL EXPLORERPROGRAM@LASD.ORG FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PRIOR TO THE RECRUIT REGISTRATION EVENT. 

THE EXPLORER ACADEMY IS OPEN TO QUALIFIED RECRUITS AGES 14-20 YEARS OLD. RECRUITS SHOULD BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL AND MENTAL CONDITION. THE PROGRAM IS PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING FROM THE START. RECRUITS SHOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE THE ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC WORKLOAD, WITHOUT ADVERSLY AFFECTING THEIR SCHOOL PERFORMANCE. RECRUITS FAILING TO MEET THE ACADEMIC AND/OR PHYSICAL TRAINING REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROGRAM WILL BE SEPARATED.  

RECRUITS CURRENTLY ON PROBATION, WHO HAVE PRIOR OR PENDING CASE(S) FOR ACTS OF VIOLENCE, WEAPONS RELATED OFFENSES, THEFT, SERIOUS SCHOOL RELATED OFFENSES, CRIMINAL THREATS, NARCOTICS RELATED OFFENSES, SEX RELATED OFFENSES, GANG RELATED OFFENSES, OR VANDALISM RELATED OFFENSES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR THIS PROGRAM AND WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO REGISTER.   

PARENT ORIENTATION MEETING WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2023, FROM 1800 TO 2100 HOURS AT STARS CENTER: 11515 COLIMA RD, WHITTIER 90604, IN THE GYMNASIUM. 

NO RECRUITS WILL BE PERMITTED TO ATTEND THE PARENT ORIENTATION MEETING, UNLESS NEEDED FOR TRANSLATION, OR IF THEY ARE OVER 18 YEARS OF AGE.   

 THERE WILL BE A ONE-TIME REGISTRATION DAY ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2023, AT THE STARS CENTER GYMNASIUM. ALL RECRUITS MUST BE PRESENT DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS. ANY RECRUIT UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE MUST ALSO HAVE A PARENT(S) OR LEGAL GUARDIAN(S) PRESENT DURING THE ENTIRE REGISTRATION PROCESS. POST ADVISORS MUST BE PRESENT AND REMAIN DURING THE ENTIRE PROCESS. 

 ALL RECRUITS MUST BE 14 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE EXPLORER ACADEMY. THERE WILL BE NO LATE REGISTRATIONS. ANY RECRUIT NOT PRESENT AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS, WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE NEXT ACADEMY CLASS IN SEPTEMBER 2023. 

 TIMES FOR REGISTRATION: 
 ALL LASD STARS ACADEMY RECRUITS MUST ARRIVE BY 0745 HRS. ALL OUTSIDE POLICE AGENCY RECRUITS, MUST ARRIVE BY 1000 HOURS. 

ALL LASD RECRUITS MUST SUBMIT TO A DRUG SCREENING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE REGISTRATION PROCESS. OUTSIDE POLICE AGENCY RECRUITS, WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO A DRUG SCREENING BY LASD PERSONNEL. 

 ALL REQUIRED FORMS SHALL BE SUBMITTED DURING THIS EVENT. ANY RECRUIT NOT HAVING A PROPERLY SIGNED MEDICAL EXAM, WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO REGISTER FOR THE CLASS.   

LASD POST ADVISORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CONDUCTING BACKGROUND CHECKS (INCLUDING A MANDATORY LIVE SCAN) ON ALL OF THEIR RECRUITS PRIOR TO THE REGISTRATION EVENT. POLICE AGENCIES MAY PROVIDE A COPY OF A LIVE SCAN RETURN OR HAVE A DEPARTMENT LETTERHEAD INDICATING A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK WAS COMPLETED AND MET INDICATED CRITERIA. POLICE AGENCY LETTERHEADS ARE DUE ON REGISTRATION DAY.   

A NON-REFUNDABLE CLASS FEE OF $85 FOR EACH RECRUIT PLUS A $5.00 NON-REFUNDABLE FEE FOR A DRUG SCREENING TEST (LASD RECRUITS ONLY) IS DUE DURING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS. CASH ONLY – NO PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. A WRITTEN RECEIPT WILL BE PROVIDED.  

 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION AND CURRENT FORMS FOR ALL EXPLORER ACADEMY RECRUITS SEE OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.STARSEXPLORERACADEMY.ORG. 

 YOU MAY ALSO CONTACT THE YOUTH SERVICES UNIT, EXPLORER PROGRAM COORDINATOR, SERGEANT ANTHONY ROMO AT (323) 819-8146 AROMO@LASD.ORG OR DEPUTY MARIA L. CORDOVA (323) 422-0229 MLCORDOV@LASD.ORG. 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2022   WEEK FIFTEEN / GRADUATION

RECRUITS ARE DIRECTED TO LINE UP (ALPHABETICALLY) IN THE TELEGRAPH ROAD/COLIMA PARKING LOT, NEXT TO THE ATM MACHINE NO LATER THAN 6:45 AM.    DO NOT ENTER THE CAMPUS UNTIL DIRECTED BY THE EXPLORER ACADEMY STAFF

REPORTING UNIFORM OF THE DAY:  CLASS B UNIFORM WITH PATCHES SEWN ON (IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR CLASS B UNIFORM YOU WILL WEAR YOUR PBA)   

BRING WATER BOTTLE AND A SACK LUNCH, WITH YOUR NAME AND PLATOON # WRITTEN ON IT, IN YOUR UTILITY BAG.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BREAKFAST PRIOR TO ARRIVING AT THE ACADEMY.  DON’T FORGET TO HYDRATE AND EXERCISE DURING THE WEEK.  

ANYONE WITH PRESCRIBED EPI PENS, ASTHMA INHALERS OR OTHER MEDICATIONS PLEASE MAKE SURE TO BRING WITH YOU OR YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CEREMONY.

ANY ILLNESSES, INJURIES OR FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS NEED TO BE REPORTED TO STAFF UPON ARRIVAL. 

IF YOU WILL BE ABSENT OR LATE, PLEASE CALL 562-946-7065 STARTING AT 6:00 AM. ANY URGENT QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT SGT ROMO AT 323-819-8146 OR aromo@lasd.org

******IMPORTANT GRADUATION INFORMATION **********************

DECEMBER 17TH – GRADUATION CEREMONY 1300 HOURS – STARS CENTER MEMORIAL WALL QUAD AREA- SEATING WILL BE ALLOWED AT 1145 HOURS. THERE IS NO ATTENDANCE LIMIT PER RECRUIT UNLESS IT IS RAINING.

IN THE EVENT OF RAIN ANTICIPATED DURING THE CEREMONY. THE GRADUATION WILL BE MOVED INTO THE GYM AND ALL RECRUITS WILL BE ISSUED EIGHT (8) TICKETS FOR THIER GUESTS.

THE RECRUITS WILL BE ALLOWED TO DISTRIBUTE THE TICKETS TO A PARENT OR FAMILY MEMBER BEFORE THE CERMONY STARTS. IF A RECRUIT DOES NOT USE HIS OR HER ALLOTMENT OF TICKETS, HE OR SHE MAY SHARE THE REMAINING TICKETS WITH ANOTHER RECRUIT.

NO TICKET NO ENTRY INTO THE CEREMONY , DUE TO LIMITED CAPACITY IN THE GYM.

ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT SGT. ROMO

                             

 

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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