Riverside Police Department
Police Explorer Academy 2010
In the first week of August, 2010, 15 Explorers from the Riverside Police Department's Exploring Post participated in the 13th Annual Explorer Academy held at the Ben Clark Training Center. The Explorers participated in a high-stress program that was both physically and emotionally challenging. They spent 5 nights and 6 days at the live-in academy, hosted by the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, along with 120 other police explorers representing several other agencies throughout the Inland Empire and the state of Utah.
Throughout the week, Explorers received training on the following law enforcement topics: Felony Stops, Active Shooter, Traffic Stops, Firearms Familiarization, Defensive Tactics, “Will to Survive,” Team Building Skills, and Boat Patrol. All Riverside Explorers successfully graduated from the academy. In addition, three of our Explorers were part of a team of Explorers that were voted "Best Squad" of the Academy. Individual awards were given to Riverside Police Explorer Arturo Garibay for "Best Overall Male Physical Fitness," and Riverside Police Explorer Jun-Jun Lopez received an award for "Most Inspirational."
All of the Explorers who participated in the academy are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. They gave up a week of their summer vacation to get an idea of what an actual police academy is like. They are all to be commended for a job well done and we look forward to watching them pursue their future goals.