The training staff consists of Sheriff's Deputies and Sheriff's civilian personnel who volunteer their time (on their day off) to provide a high quality training program for the explorer recruits. The staff is led by an LASD sergeant who oversees and administers the entire explorer training academy program. The deputies and others are assigned as platoon staff instructors, and are commonly referred to as "D.I.'s" (Drill Instructors).
The STARS Explorer Training Academy is actually two programs that operate simultaneously. The first component is the recruit training, and the second is the explorer staff instructor cadre. Within the explorer staff cadre, there are two positions: Explorer Staff Instructors (commonly referred to as "D.I.'s) and Explorer Interns.
The explorer staff consists of individuals who have successfully completed the STARS Explorer Training Academy and while doing so, demonstrated exceptional leadership skills. Explorer Staff Instructors must successfully pass an oral appraisal interview, a written examination, a series of physical agility tests, must submit a resume, and must have the recommendation of their respective explorer post advisor. Explorer Interns are usually hand-selected by the staff sergeant, and have to learn the administrative aspects of the program, before being considered for an explorer staff instructor position.
The explorer staff is supervised & directed by a senior explorer, known as the "Ram-Rod". The "Ram-Rod" is also responsible for supervising & directing the recruit class. The Explorer Interns are supervised & directed by another senior explorer, known as the "Intern Coach".
The training staff is always available and willing to assist you with any phase of the explorer training academy, during normal explorer academy hours.
The academy staff for Class 90 is listed below:
Sworn Staff Advisor:
Explorer Intern Coach:
Explorer S. Escobar
Explorer C. Escobar
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