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2014 OCLEEAA Winter Academy

The Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) sponsored the 2014 Winter Explorer Academy at the Boys Scouts Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, from February 13 to February 17.   The Explorer Academy simulates an abbreviated basic law enforcement academy. 161 explorers, from throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties, began the academy; 148 successfully graduated. Orange County Sheriff's Department Explorer Post 449 was strongly represented by 40 explorers at the academy and proudly saw 40 explorers graduate at the Sheriff’s Tustin Academy, on February 17.  Captain Robert Peterson, Captain James Rudy, Lieutenant James England, Lieutenant Brad Newmyer, Lieutenant Matthew Barr, Lieutenant John Macpherson, Lieutenant Lisa Von Nordheim and Sergeant Dan Daniels of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department were in attendance. We would like to congratulate the following explorers from Post 449 for a very impressive showing in the awards categories:



4th place-Explorer Jaqueline Bui

Notebooks - Females:

3rd place – Explorer Kendra Williams

4th place – Explorer Kimberly Williams

5th place-Explorer Cynthia Martinez

Notebooks – Males:

1st place – Explorer Blayke Tatman

3rd place – Explorer Joshua Barbosa

Written Exam:

1st place – Explorer Ruben Cocis

3rd place-Explorer Blayke Tatman

4th place-Explorer Shane Minnis

Physical Agility Males:

5th place – Explorer Austin Lee


5th place-Explorer Marcus Redman

OCSD Explorer Post 449 would like to thank Deputy Gregg Surrell (Aliso Viejo Police Services), Deputy Maria Bowman (Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services), Deputy Todd Hylton (Yorba Linda Police Services) and Dispatch Supervisor Karen Daly (Emergency Communications Bureau) who mentored, trained and monitored the Explorers in their role as Explorer Academy Tactical Officers.  

The Explorer Academy Graduation was held at the Sheriff’s Tustin Academy and Post 449 would like to thank Training Division Commander Captain Jon Briggs, Academy Bureau Commander Lieutenant Michael Peters and Tactical Sergeants Cory Martino, Luke South and James Guarneri for accommodating and assisting in making this Explorer Academy Graduation so successful.  

Post 449 would like to thank Lieutenant Cathy Irons, Sergeants Milton Thomas and Catherine Geary and Deputy Robert Davis from the Transportation Bureau for arranging OCSD buses to drive the explorers to and from the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center.   

We would like to thank Sergeant Randy Sterett (Hazardous Devices), Investigator Kevin Nadeau (Hazardous Devices), and Investigator Timothy Pusztai (Hazardous Devices) for arranging and providing an excellent Hazardous Devices Demonstration.    We would also like to thank Sheriff’s Communications for their excellent Audio/Visual work at the Academy Graduation.

Post 449 would like to congratulate the following Sheriff’s Explorers for completing the 2014 OCLEEAA Winter Academy.

 • Luke Pilchowski

• Sheira Ramirez

• Ross Brent

• Joshua Barbosa

• Hector Bermudez

• Austin Biarbe

• Jacqueline Bui

• James Chipman

• Cynthia Christian

• Ruben Cocis

• Cole Cooper

• Connor DelCrognale
• Chase Elizadale

• John Franco

• Ana Flores

• Gabriel Garcia

• Conner Golley

• Andrew Good

• Edward Hanner

• JonPaul Ingram

• Jared Inouye

• Garrett Konan

• Joseph Laguna

• Austin Lee

• Andrew Lichty

• Julio Manrique

• Shane Minnis

• Ivan Munoz

• Cynthia Martinez

• Daisy Reyes

• Austin Raslowsky

• Marcus Redman

• Jamie Soto

• April Swalley

• Blayke Tatman