Explorer Program Graduation

By Walnut/DB Sheriff Station

Recent Deputy Explorer Academy Class 97 graduates pose in front of the Whittier High School Auditorium. Graduates were, from left to right, Adam Burnside, Isaak Pinto, Sienna Arbiso, John Bernal, and Thomas Canal. Captain Alfred Reyes was in attendance, along with Assistant Explorer Coordinator Deputy Luis Mrad and Reserve Deputy David Lira.

The Explorer Program is for teens 14 to 21 years of age who are considering a career in law enforcement. In order to become a Deputy Explorer, each recruit must attend and successfully complete an 18 week Academy. The Academy is both demanding and challenging, physically and mentally, covering academics, physical training, defensive tactics, firearms safety and familiarization and drill. As each Explorer walks across the stage to accept his/her certificate from the Sheriff, to the cheers of their parents, it is a moment they will never forget.

These new Explorers join their peers at the Walnut/Diamond Bar Sheriff’s Station, continuing to train and prepare themselves for their law enforcement careers. Under the guidance of Assistant Explorer Coordinator Deputy Luis Mrad, the Explorers train in a variety of topics, as well go on ride-a-longs with station deputies. They are also actively involved in our local communities, participating in 12-15 different community events during the course of a year.