Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Reserve Forces Bureau

A Tradition of Service since 1850










Explorer Training and Activities

Explorers receive training in subjects such as community relations, leadership, demeanor, narcotics control, police procedure, criminal law, firearm safety, weaponless defense and police procedures.  The trainees are required to undergo drill and physical training as well as their classroom work. Exploring is a great way for youth to examine law enforcement as a possible career.

After acceptance into the program, initial training for new Deputy Explorers takes place at one of the Sheriff's Explorer Academies. 

STARS Center
11515 S. Colima Road
Whittier, CA 90604

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College of the Canyons
26455 N. Rockwell Canyon Road
Valencia, CA 91355

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Antelope Valley
501 W. Lancaster Boulevard
Lancaster, CA 93534

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The Explorer Academy consists of approximately 184 hours of instruction during 18 weeks of training on Saturdays. 

Satisfactory completion of the Academy earns the Deputy Explorer ten high school unit credits. In some cases, college credit can also be earned by post-graduation Academy involvement.