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Update Thursday, May 7, 2020 1700 hours, LIVE LECTURE IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Saturday May 9th Explorer Academy Facebook Live Lecture will be presented by Baldwin Park Police Department, Detective Chice. The lecture will be on Child Abuse / Sexual Assault, this is sensitive mature information intended for Explorer Recruits, NOT for (any (other minors) younger, friends, siblings or relatives in the household. As always if you have any questions or comments you may ask before, during or after the lecture. Also, this week immediately after this lecture we will hold online platoon counseling for all recruits.

Update Tuesday, May 5, 2020 1800 hours, 

Important information for all recruits :

Only Homework due yesterday, Mon. May 4th was “VALOR” word of the week.  Platoon counseling tomorrow and Thursday, check your email for notifications.

Wednesday May 6th at 1500 hours

STARs 1st platoon 1500 hrs

“. 2nd platoon 1530 hrs

“. 3rd platoon 1600 hrs

North Academy 1500 hrs with Sgt Ramirez

Thursday May 7th at 1500 hrs

STARs 4th platoon 1500 hrs

5th platoon 1530 hrs

AV Academy will contact Deputy Thom.

Live Lecture this Saturday, May 9th, 0800 hours, you may begin signing in at 0745 hours.

NO Homework due this Monday, May 11th.

Continue to stay safe ! As always contact us with any questions.

Update Friday, May 1, 2020 1100 hours, MIDTERM EXAM INFORMATION

Midterm Exam will be administered, May 2nd at 0800 hours. Please do not arrive prior to 0715 hours. Report to STARS or COC and take the exam from the comfort of your own vehicle. AV Academy contact Deputy Thom for instructions for the day. If you are sick or have any Covid symptoms, do not report to either location. Call us and let us know your situation.

Everyone in vehicle will need to have a PPE (Mask), at least two pencils and a hard surface to write on, clipboard, book or something similar. Upon arrival recruits will be directed to park in designated platoon areas. Parking in every other stall to leave distance between vehicles. If you carpool with someone else in another platoon, just pick one of the recruit’s platoon and let us know, who is in the vehicle.

STARS Center recruits will take the test in the southeast parking lot near the ATM. The test will begin promptly at 8am. When everyone in the vehicle has completed the exam, turn on your vehicles head lights and we will collect the test(s) and you will be free to leave. The test should take anywhere between 45 to 90 minutes to complete.
(Additionally, we will be handing out PT gear for any recruits that were absent in the 2nd or 3rd week that did not receive their printed T-shirts or sweatshirts and Class B name strips, ordered from Sheriff’s Relief. )
Continue to stay safe ! As always contact us with any questions

You may begin to sign on for Defensive Tactics Part 2 lecture at 0745 hours, remember to comment Full Name and Academy when signing in.

UPDATE Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Platoon counseling both sessions are delayed approximately 30 minutes.  Be ready to go at 1530 and 1600 hours.

EXPLORER ACADEMY CLASS #104 -WEEK SEVEN

****UPDATE Friday,  April10th , 2020, 1730 hours*****

Online lecture, Defensive Tactics, Saturday, April 11th.   Spelling and Radio Code Quizzes. Section 2. Log onto FB  tomorrow morning 0745 hour, do not be late!  Log on with your Last and First names and  Academy.

Reminder!!
If you have not sent in your current email address to Explorerprogram@lasd.org
Please do so ASAP

If you have already sent it in you may disregard, please do not resend

Thank you

****UPDATE Tuesday, April 7th , 2020, 0600 hours*****

Yesterday, you should have turned in your homework with lecture notes for the week of Saturday, March 28th.   If you are having problems reaching your advisor, please contact us and let us know.

***Beginning this week, April 5th and from here on out we are going to allow, all recruits at their OPTION, to type all their homework (lecture notes, word of the week and current event)***

If you elect to type, you must type it in a WORD document using “Arial” 12 font.  All other conditions for the homework remain in effect; format, margins, # of pages, etc.   all the details can be found in your Recruit Training Manual (RTM). Also be advised we will be running all homework through a plagiarism program. Do NOT cut and paste from the internet or your class mates homework. All homework SHALL be in your OWN words.   The homework should be emailed to your advisor, who will forward it to us.

There is still a lot of learning value in hand writing your assignments; penmanship, spelling, writing thoughts grammatically (without computer auto-correct-spell checker, grammar check)  However under the circumstances we have elected to allow this option. This will greatly assist those recruits and advisors having difficulty delivering and receiving the homework.

Recruits MAY continue to hand write their assignments if they are not having any issues turning it into their advisors. REMINDER Do NOT send in cell phone photos of your homework, a lot of them are not printing out correctly and we want to make sure everyone is receiving proper credit for their work.

This week’s (Saturday, April 11th ) online lecture, we are planning on a Defensive Tactics module, please make arrangements to have approximately six feet in diameter away from any furniture (anything breakable) and or computer screen, ideally if you are able to view from your phone in your back yard or any space big enough to give you the room to follow along with the demonstrations.

In two weeks , we will be having a Mid-term exam, make sure you are studying your lecture notes and RTMs.  Study your spelling words and radio codes we are also planning on quizzes this week in between the online lectures.

Lastly, Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 1600 for two hours we will hold an OPTIONAL facebook live session for any recruits to ask any questions or wanting assistance with their homework.   Next week, we will begin platoon counseling sessions on ZOOM, this week, I need everyone to send their current email address to Explorerprogram@lasd.org

As always any questions please do not hesitate to call or email.

Sgt Tony Romo 323-819-8146 or aromo@lasd.org

EXPLORER ACADEMY CLASS #104 -WEEK SIX

***Update Thursday April 2 2020, 2000 hrs***

Saturday, April 4, 2020,, is our next online lecture.  Recruits may begin signing in at 0745 hours.  If you are not online for the lecture, you will be given an absence.  Please make sure you announce present when you begin viewing the Facebook Live lecture.   Take thorough notes as the lecture will not be available to view at a later time.   If you miss the lecture you will have to contact one of the other recruits to write your notes.

Homework due on Monday, April 6th ,  2 pages of notes for lectures, Sgt. Ramirez- Report Writing and Sgt. Romo- Use of Force -Less lethal weapons.  1 page Current Event and 1 page – Word of the Week.

Next Saturday, April 11, 2020 , we will begin spelling tests and radio codes again.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sgt Tony Romo 323-819-8146 or aromo@lasd.org

***Update Sunday March 29, 2020    2200***

Important information for this week.  Tomorrow March 30, 2020 , Homework from Week 4, Saturday, March 21, is due to your advisor.  Your POST advisor will submit your homework to us during the week.  Grading will be caught up this Saturday, April 7th.

Due this week,  2 pages of lecture notes for Deputy Sanchez,  The Constitution lecture and Sgt. Romo – Patrol procedures lectures.  One Page (1) * assignments Word of the Week – Courage and One Page (1) Current Event,  ** I made a mistake during the lecture when I said 2 pages.   Word of the week and Current Event is always one page,  Lecture notes are two pages , unless directed by the instructor to do less.

We realize the last few weeks have been tough on everyone,  the online format has not been an easy transition but the class has preserved and you all have responded in a positive way.  In an attempt to re-establish some normalcy and hold everyone to a higher standard, next week, we will continue with only a morning lectures.  Our expectation is that recruits will be present for the lecture and be active participants or willing to be an active participant if called upon. if you miss the  morning lecture, you will be counted absent.  The commitment to be present on Saturdays even though it is only half the day, is being re-implemented.

Video taped lectures will no longer be archived for recruits to review later. The 3/28 lectures will be taken off our facebook page beginning next week.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sgt Tony Romo 323-819-8146 or aromo@lasd.org

EXPLORER ACADEMY CLASS #104 -WEEK FIVE

***Update Thursday March 26, 2020    1600***

We will only have one lecture session this Saturday morning March 28 at 0745 hours.    You may start to log in by 0745 hours, lecture will begin promptly at 0800 and end at approximately 1200.

Your attendance will be based on you logging onto the facebook live session and participating.  Please write in the comments section, ” NAME, ACADEMY AV, NORTH, or STARS” when you log in.   Be prepared to respond to random questions directed toward you.  If you have any difficulties, logging in or hearing the lecture, advise in the comment section or send an email to aromo@lasd.org and explorerprogram@lasd.org

Look to the library forms page and print out the Incident Report Form, as it will be used for our lecture.

You are not required to video record your Independent PT sessions yet,  We are still working on those details.  Just submit your written PT log .

Homework that would have been due Saturday March 21 was due to your Post Advisor Monday , March 30.   Please place it in an envelope and drop it off unless they have instructed you to do otherwise   If they are asking you to scan and email it in.  You may do so if you have access to a scanner or fax machine .

Homework due for Monday March 30   Word of the week- COURAGE – Current Event- Lecture Notes from 3/21

FYI topics for Saturday are Report Writing and Less Lethal weapons.

If you have not created a Facebook account or joined are group page please do so   Please call me if you are having issues logging in or obtaining a device to log in to the page.

If you missed the Academy lecture from Saturday March 21 it may be viewed from the FB page in the photos section.  Any questions call or email Sergeant Romo  aromo@lasd.org  (323)-819-8146

EXPLORER ACADEMY CLASS #104 -WEEK FOUR

***Update Saturday March 21,2020    1300 hours***

The 1300 Academy lecture may be viewed from the FB page in the photos section.  Any questions email or call Sergeant Romo  aromo@lasd.org     323-819-8146

***UPDATE Friday, March 20, 2019 1145 hours***

Facebook confirmations for you to join the group, will be sent within the hour, please look for it. If you have not created an account or did not receive permission from your parents yet, or do not have a device to log on with, please send us a text or email.

Recruits will be allowed to announce present in the comments section beginning at 0730 hours,  the lecture will begin at approximately 0815 hours.   A break will be given every 45-60 minutes.   Please continue viewing the live stream during the lecture,  recruits will be allowed ask questions and will be called upon randomly to answer questions during the lecture, you will be expected to respond in writing in the comments section.

Recruits are going to be asked to drop their homework packets off at their POST / Station in an envelope for their advisor by Monday of every week. Starting March 23rd. The advisors will collect and scan the homework to us. Please continue to check the website for additional details. You may also email or call if you have questions.

Sergeant Romo               aromo@lasd.org                323-819-8146

****Update Thursday, March 19, 2020 1630 hours****

After working with several online media platforms and due to the limitations on LASD servers, we have decided to use a FACEBOOK private group setting to deliver the live lectures.   ****Please request permission from your parents to use their accounts or to create your own FACEBOOK account.****

Send your Facebook account name to EXPLORERprogram@lasd.org or ask to be invited to the FB group  “LASD Explorer class 104” with your name, date of birth, academy location and current platoon #.   We will invite you to the FB group in time for the online lecture the morning of Saturday, March 21st., .   Additional instructions will follow tomorrow evening, thanks for your patience.  You may also email or call if you have questions.

Sergeant Romo               aromo@lasd.org      323-819-8146

***Update Wednesday, March 18, 2020***

We are still working on the final details for our online live lectures.  We plan on using a private channel in youtube (a link will be sent to you on Friday March 20th in the evening.)   The PT Form to document your self initiated training has been added to the weekly assignments page and the forms pages on this website.

If you were absent or went home early on Saturday, March 14th, please send the following information to explorerprogram@lasd.org               Name, platoon, email address, current phone number, and advise if you have access to the internet and a computer, laptop, cell phone to view live streaming.

Recruits are going to be asked to drop their homework packets off at their POST Station in an envelope for their advisor by Monday of  every week.  Starting March 23rd.   The advisors will collect and scan the homework to us.    Please continue to check the website for additional details.  You may also email or call if you have questions.

Thank you       Sergeant Romo               aromo@lasd.org      323-819-8146

 INFORMATION FOR BOTH STARS AND NORTH ACADEMIES.

THE FOURTH WEEK OF THE ACADEMY IS SATURDAY MARCH 21, 2020

DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION FACING OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY, RECRUITS WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO BE ONSITE FOR ACADEMY ATTENDANCE. WE WILL AS DISCUSSED, DURING LAST WEEKS SESSION, BE CONDUCTING ONLINE LECTURES AND RECRUITS WILL COMPLETE AN INDIVIDUAL PHYSICAL TRAINING LOG,  UNTIL THE SITUATION IS RESOLVED.

WE EXPECT THE FIRST OF THE LECTURES TO TAKE PLACE THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 21, AT 0800 HOURS UNTIL 1200 HOURS AND AGAIN AT 1300-1700 HOURS,  YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF THE FOUR HOUR BLOCKS TO RECEIVE CREDIT FOR THE DAY.

FINAL DETAILS ARE STILL BEING DEVELOPED, HOWEVER RECRUITS WILL BE EXPECTED TO LOG IN AND PARTICIPATE IN THE LECTURES.   COMPLETION, COLLECTION AND GRADING OF HOMEWORK INFORMATION WILL FOLLOW.

PLEASE CONTINUE CHECKING THE WEBSITE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.  EMAIL OR CALL IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER SPECIFIC QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE, GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES.  (updated 3/16/2020)

SERGEANT ANTHONY ROMO EMAIL AT aromo@lasd.org or call 323-819-8146.

EXPLORER ACADEMY CLASS #104 -WEEK THREE

THE THIRD ACADEMY TRAINING DAY IS SATURDAY MARCH 14, 2020, FROM
0700 HOURS UNTIL 1600 HOURS.

***FIRST DAY OF PT, REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PT ATTIRE, SHORTS, SWEAT PANTS, T-SHIRT, SWEATER WITH YOUR NAME ON IT.  IF YOU ORDERED YOUR PT ATTIRE, THROUGH SHERIFF’S RELIEF WE HAVE THE T-SHIRTS AND SWEATERS WITH NAMES ON IT AND WILL ISSUE IT TO YOU WHEN YOU REPORT IN THE MORNING.***WE WILL ALSO BE GIVING THE FIRST PT 500 TEST, PLEASE BE PREPARED.**** IF YOU ARE FEELING ILL PLEASE NOTIFY THE STAFF SERGEANT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WHEN ARRIVING ON CAMPUS.  IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE YOU WILL BE SENT HOME FOR THE DAY, AFTER YOUR HOMEWORK IS COLLECTED.

RECRUITS ARE DIRECTED TO  ASSEMBLE IN THE DESIGNATED PARKING LOTS ADJACENT TO THE ACADEMIES.  DO NOT ARRIVE EARLIER THAN 0630 HOURS AND NO LATER THAN 0645 HOURS.  YOU WILL BE ESCORTED  ONTO ACADEMY GROUNDS  BY EXPLORER ACADEMY STAFF.

THE ATTIRE FOR ALL EXPLORER ACADEMY RECRUITS IS AS FOLLOWS:

***UPDATE***  OPTIONAL ****  IN ORDER TO MIRROR THE CURRENT PRACTICE AT THE LASD DEPUTY ACADEMY, RECRUITS MAY WEAR A COLORED SHIRT OR BLOUSE.  RECRUITS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO WEAR A TIE.

***ALL RECRUITS ARE REMINDED TO BRING THEIR LUNCH IN A SMALL BROWN PAPER BAG MARKED WITH RECRUITS FIRST AND LAST NAME, AND A WATER CONTAINER. *** REMEMBER TO EAT BREAKFAST PRIOR TO ARRIVING AT THE ACADEMY.***

“STARS CLASS” REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR COMPLETED HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS.  WORD OF THE WEEK ASSIGNMENT “INTEGRITY”,  CURRENT EVENT ASSIGNMENT AND ANY OTHER “GIG”  ASSIGNMENT GIVEN TO YOU .

THERE WILL BE A SAFETY PROCEDURES QUIZ ON LECTURE MATERIAL FROM THE FIRST WEEK, BE SURE TO REVIEW YOUR NOTES. YOU WILL BE TESTED ON THE RADIO CODES AND SPELLING WORDS OF SECTION ONE  OF THE RECRUIT  TRAINING MANUAL.  PARTICIPATING AGENCIES RECRUITS PLEASE MAKE SURE WE HAVE YOUR AGENCIES MOST CURRENT RADIO CODES ON FILE.

***REMINDER TO PARENTS*** PLEASE ARRIVE PROMPTLY AT 1600 HOURS (STARS) TO PICK UP YOUR RECRUITS.   RECRUITS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WAIT ALONE IN THE PARKING LOT.  IF YOU ARE DELAYED FROM PICKING UP YOUR RECRUIT PLEASE CALL US AT 323-819-8146.

EXPLORER ACADEMY CLASS #104 -WEEK TWO

THE SECOND ACADEMY TRAINING DAY IS SATURDAY MARCH 7, 2020, FROM
0700 HOURS UNTIL 1600 HOURS.

****ANY REQUIRED PAPERWORK I.E. MEDICAL, ADDITIONAL WAIVERS, LIVESCAN ETC NOT COMPLETED ON REGISTRATION OR THE FIRST DAY WILL NEED TO BE TURNED DURING THE MORNING REPORT.  ****MEDICATIONS NEEDED FOR THE DAY WILL NEED TO BE IN PROPER CONTAINERS MARKED WITH RECRUITS NAMES AND PARENTS AND OR DOCTOR NOTES. ***

RECRUITS ARE DIRECTED TO  ASSEMBLE IN THE DESIGNATED PARKING LOTS ADJACENT TO THE ACADEMIES.  DO NOT ARRIVE EARLIER THAN 0630 HOURS AND NO LATER THAN 0645 HOURS.  YOU WILL BE ESCORTED  ONTO ACADEMY GROUNDS  BY EXPLORER ACADEMY STAFF.

THE ATTIRE FOR ALL EXPLORER ACADEMY RECRUITS IS AS FOLLOWS:

***UPDATE***  OPTIONAL ****  IN ORDER TO MIRROR THE CURRENT PRACTICE AT THE LASD DEPUTY ACADEMY, RECRUITS MAY WEAR A COLORED SHIRT OR BLOUSE.  RECRUITS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO WEAR A TIE.

***ALL RECRUITS ARE REMINDED TO BRING THEIR LUNCH IN A SMALL BROWN PAPER BAG MARKED WITH RECRUITS FIRST AND LAST NAME, AND A WATER CONTAINER. *** REMEMBER TO EAT BREAKFAST PRIOR TO ARRIVING AT THE ACADEMY.***

“STARS CLASS” REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR COMPLETED **MEMORIAL WALL ASSIGNMENT** GIVEN TO YOU THE FIRST WEEK.  WORD OF THE WEEK ASSIGNMENT “HONOR”,  CURRENT EVENT ASSIGNMENT AND ANY OTHER “GIG”  ASSIGNMENT GIVEN TO YOU .

THERE WILL BE A SAFETY PROCEDURES QUIZ ON LECTURE MATERIAL FROM THE FIRST WEEK, BE SURE TO REVIEW YOUR NOTES.

IF YOU ARE FEELING ILL PLEASE NOTIFY THE STAFF SERGEANT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WHEN ARRIVING ON CAMPUS.  IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE YOU WILL BE SENT HOME FOR THE DAY, AFTER YOUR HOMEWORK IS COLLECTED.

***ANY REQUIRED PAPERWORK I.E. MEDICAL, ADDITIONAL WAIVERS, LIVESCAN ETC NOT COMPLETED ON REGISTRATION OR THE FIRST DAY WILL NEED TO BE TURNED DURING THE MORNING REPORT.  ****MEDICATIONS NEEDED FOR THE DAY WILL NEED TO BE IN PROPER CONTAINERS MARKED WITH RECRUITS NAMES AND PARENTS AND OR DOCTOR NOTES.  PLEASE TURN INTO THE STAFF OFFICE UPON ARRIVAL AT STARS***

***REMINDER TO PARENTS*** PLEASE ARRIVE PROMPTLY AT 1600 HOURS (STARS) TO PICK UP YOUR RECRUITS.   RECRUITS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WAIT ALONE IN THE PARKING LOT.  IF YOU ARE DELAYED FROM PICKING UP YOUR RECRUIT PLEASE CALL US AT 323-819-8146.

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Colors Run Notice to Parents
Explorer Academy Range Day Field Trip

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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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