By Anthony Saude
Diamond Bar-It is that time of year and graduation is in the air, on June 16, Explorer Academy Class 100 had it’s graduating ceremonies. The grads included Walnut/Diamond Bar Station’s very own Chandler Duncan, Jesus Morales and Alina St. Charles. The Academy is an 18 week long physically and mentally challenging course that requires dedication, motivation and discipline. To complete it the young explorers must complete 184 hours of lectures, demonstrations, presentations, defensive tactics, and leadership development.
The Sheriff’s Department Explorer Program is for young men and women interested in a career in law enforcement or community service. Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 21 to qualify. Explorers will get assigned to work at numerous community events during the course of the year. They will perform non-hazardous duties, such as foot patrols and KidPrint. KidPrint is a program that provides parents a confidential way of recording their child’s vital identification information and a physical description card of their children, for their records. The Explorers will be invited to events throughout the year to perform Color Guard ceremonies for the Cities of Walnut, Diamond Bar, and Relay for Life events. They also will have the privilege to experience ride-a-longs with deputies in the communities we provide services to.
For additional information regarding the Explorer Program, please contact the Explorer Coordinator at 909-595-2264.