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Throwback Thursday


Throwback Thursday

#LASD #TBT The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Explorer Program began in 1969, at the Sheriff’s Academy in East Los Angeles. The very first explorer academy class (Class # 1) started on October 4, 1969 with 22 recruits & graduated on December 22, 1969, with 16 recruits. The recruits initially represented the Norwalk station and the former Newhall station. When the explorer program first started, the explorers represented the Sheriff's Department by wearing an explorer badge on the hat that they wore. Fast forward to today, the explorers wear a cloth badge on their uniform, along with shoulder patches stating they are a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Explorer. The explorer program was created for youth 14 – 20 years old considering a career in law enforcement, or seeking positive community involvement. The explorer academy is currently 18 weeks in length and covers a variety of law enforcement related subjects, such as academics, physical training, defensive tactics, and firearms safety and familiarization. They participate in various local, state and national explorer competitions against other explorer posts every year. They are trained and mentored by both deputy and civilian personnel who volunteer their time to provide a high quality training program and experience for the explorer recruits. Know someone who is interested in becoming an LASD explorer? Visit www.explorers.lasd.org for more information.