After acceptance into the program, initial training for new Deputy Explorers takes place at the Sheriff's Academy, located at:
11515 South Colima road, Whittier.
The Explorer Academy consists of approximately 184 hours of instruction during 18 weeks of training on Saturdays.
Subjects such as community relations, criminal law, firearms safety, narcotics control, police procedures and weaponless defense must be mastered.
The trainees are required to undergo drill and physical training, in addition to their classroom work.
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.