The Orange County Law Enforcement Explorer Advisor Association (OCLEEAA) sponsored the 2006 Summer Explorer Academy at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base, from August 6th through 10th. The Explorer Academy simulates an abbreviated basic law enforcement academy. 155 explorers, from throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties, began the academy; 145 successfully graduated. Orange County Sheriff's Department Explorer Post 449 was strongly represented and proudly saw 41 explorers graduate at the Garden Grove Community Center, on August 10th. Assistant Sheriff Kim Markuson, Lieutenant Tom Slayton and Lieutenant Roger Neumeister were present at the graduation. We would like to congratulate the following explorers from Post 449 for a very impressive showing:
Top Overall Explorer (Top Score for all award categories):
Most Inspirational Explorer (Voted on by fellow Explorers):
Jeff Duehr - 3rd place.
Sebastian Marin - 5th place.
Curtis Hazell - 5th place.
Alex Kim - 3rd place
Curtis Hazell - 4th place
Male Physical Agility Test:
Sebastian Marin - 5th place.
Female Physical Agility Test:
Jackie Cataline - 1st place
We would like to recognize the following Sheriff's Explorers for completing the 2006 OCLEEA Explorer Summer Academy.
Explorer Post 449 would like to thank Deputy Sherri Gilman (South Operations - San Clemente Police Services), who was the Director of the Academy, Deputy Bart Epley (Community Services Division - Community Programs) and Deputy Victor Valdez (Intake Release Center) who mentored, trained and monitored the explorers in their role as Explorer Academy Tactical Officers, and Explorers Carl Dossland, Yanira Rojo, and Spencer Crisp for assisting the Tactical Officers at the academy.
Explorer Post 449 would also like to thank Deputy Jim Hoffman and his K-9 Zappa for the excellent demonstration and training at the academy and Sheriff's helicopter Pilots Deputy Dave Tilstra and Deputy Mike Russell for landing one of the Sheriff's helicopter's at the base for the explorers to observe and talk to the pilots. We would also like to thank Senior Crime Prevention Specialist Jan Sener, who arranged for the academy to use the fatal vision goggles for the D.U.I. class, taught at the academy.
Explorer Post 449 would like to thank the following Sheriff's personnel for their assistance with staffing, funding, training and equipment needed for the Academy:
Assistant Sheriff Kim Markuson - Operations
Captain Dave Wilson - Community Services Division
Captain Christine Murray - North Operations
Captain Dennis DeMaio - Airport Operations Division
Lieutenant Tom Slayton - Director of Explorer Post 449
Lieutenant Mark Levy and Sergeant Manny Pacheco - Airport Operations Division
Lieutenant James Lazzaro, Sergeant Kirk Antes, Deputy Dan Meyers and
Deputy Terry Stepp - Transportation Bureau
Office Supervisor Karen Waters - Community Services Division
Office Specialist Cathy Paneque - Community Services Division
Accounting Assistant Kathy Hayes - Travel Desk/Financial
Analyst Kathy Douglas - ASR's/Grants - Financial/Administrative Services