From Wednesday, August 6th to Sunday, August 10th, 27 members of Explorer Post 449 joined their peers from Orange and Los Angeles Counties at the Explorer Academy, an abbreviated version of the Law Enforcement Academy. The Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) hosts the Academy twice a year and has been doing so for over 30 years. OCSD requires Explorers to graduate from the Academy within their first year of joining the program.
In addition to our Explorers in attendance, OCSD Deputies Cole, Bowman and Sanchez served as Tac-Officers and Deputy Surrell, who is also President of OCLEEAA, was a Logistics Director. All are Explorer Advisors. At the Academy, Explorers experienced physical training (including a dab of pepper spray on their eyes), drills and classroom instructions. Classes included ethics, traffic control, preparing for a career in Law Enforcement and numerous other topics. There were also demonstrations by OCSD’s Bomb Squad, Anaheim’s SWAT and Helicopter, and Newport Beach K-9’s. At Sunday’s graduation ceremony awards were given for Best Notebooks, Physical Fitness, Written Test, Most Improved, Most Inspirational and the Top Overall Explorers. OCSD’s Explorer Post 449 took home 15 awards including Most Improved, which is voted on by Tac-Officers, and placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Top Overall Explorers. Congratulations to all of our Explorers for a job well done!
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