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    The Los Angeles School Police Department Youth Programs engage, promote and encourage positive, safe and educational programs that enhance students learning through positive interventions with police officers.

  • LASPD Officers and Instructors blend discipline with life skills for all walks of life. Each program is unique in reaching common goals:

    Providing Safe Activities for Participants

    Promoting Self-Esteem


    Building Positive Relationship

  • Sergeant Cheron Bartee
    Youth Programs and Intervention Supervisor
    Explorers, Wrestling and PAL Programs
    (213) 202-8632

    Sergeant Paul Barron
    Anger Management Program for Students
    (213) 268-5607


Our program acquaints youth with a law enforcement career, involve them in positive civic relationships, and guide them, as they become productive members of society.

Our program acquaints youth with a law enforcement career, involve them in positive civic relationships, and guide them, as they become productive members of society. The program started with twenty explorers and has involved thousands more since. Many participants have gone on to attend college and returned to serve their community as Police Interns, Police Officers, and Police Detectives. Police Explorers are given the opportunity to work assignments and activities supporting the Los Angeles Unified School District and neighboring communities. All Explorers are eligible to earn free college units, high school credits, and community service hours while they gain skills that apply to any career path or occupation.


One aspect of this program is physical fitness. The training consist of a variety of exercises including push-ups, sit-ups, and running. The enthusiasm to be the best encourages Police Explorers to push their own limits.

Police Explorers have the opportunity to participate in competitions against other explorer post from across the country. The program provides young men and women, the opportunity to gain valuable training experience in the law enforcement field and get a head start on a rewarding career as a school police officer.

Volunteering time to improve quality of life in our underprivileged communities sits at the core of being a Police Explorer. Giving back to our community is our commitment.

Our program is nonprofit and financially supports itself. Explorers are involved in fund raising by assisting at events such as football games, parades, and other similar events.



 Age 14-20

 Maintain a school grade average of “C” or better

 No criminal history

 Pass a background investigation

 Parental permission

 Actively participate in explorer activities

 Attend weekly meetings

 Complete a 7 week summer academy (Mon-Thur. 7:30am - 3:30pm)

Join our team today! 


Sergeant Cheron Bartee
(213) 304-3778

Officer A. Camarillo
(213) 595-3213

Officer M. Rodriguez
(213) 2194-6239


Explorers Locations

Northwest Division
Daniel Pearl High School
6649 Balboa Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Thurs. 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  


Northeast Division
Maclay Middle School
12501 Gain St.
Pacoima, CA 91331
Tue. 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

West Division
Pio Pico Middle School
1512 S. Arlington Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Thurs. 5 - 8 p.m.

East Division
Wilson High School
4500 Multnomah St.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Wed. 5 - 8 p.m.

Central Division
Roybal Learning Complex
125 N. Beaudry Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tue. 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

South Division
Peary Middle School
1415 W. Gardena Blvd.
Gardena, CA 90247
Wed. 5 - 8 p.m.

photos The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Junior Police Academy Magnet Schools and 2-year College Program was developed in 1989, with the support of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), with the focus on developing high school students for careers with LAPD. Over the years, LAPD realized it needed to reach students much earlier, and they affiliated with a number of middle school programs.

Historically, LAPD assigns a full-time paid police officer to serve as the coordinator of the program. Beginning August 18, 2015, LASPD became involved in the program deploying full-time paid police officers, to serve as career instructors as well as coordinate their respective school program, development, and enrichment of students.

Since this program evolved it has become affiliated with the California Partnership Academy (CPA) program, and also receives financial grants from the California Department of Education. In 2009, LAPD expanded the program to incorporate a community college component. Thus, this was the birth of the POPP program, which stands for Police Orientation Preparation Program, which can funnel graduating high school students from their respective magnet school programs into a 2-year college degree program.

This program is affiliated with West Los Angeles Community College and students can earn an Associate of Arts Degree (AA) in Administration of Justice working through the LAPD Ahmanson Recruit and In-Service Training Center. West Los Angeles Community College has assigned an on-site Administration of Justice degree program coordinator to the academy, who oversees the delivery of the college curriculum for the POPP program.

Subsequently, approximately thirty-five LASPD Explorers have enrolled in the above-mentioned POPP program graduating approximately twenty-five with others still in the program.

Sergeant Cheron Bartee
Officer in Charge
(213) 202-8632

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The Los Angeles School Police Department Youth Wrestling Team was developed in 2011 by Police Officers with the intent of keeping kids of the streets and involved in a productive afterschool program.

LASPD Wrestling Team has since won 4 consecutive California State Championships in various youth divisions. The LASPD Wrestling Program currently consists of four teams; Bell High School, Canoga Park High School, San Fernando and San Pedro with about 220 total kids who participate. The season goes from the first week in November to June. November through March the kids learn and participate in Folkstyle (High School and College style) competition. March through June the kids learn Freestyle (olympic style) competition.

We partner with Beat the Streets-Los Angeles (a non-profit organization) that financially backs both teams. Beat the Streets purchases the liability insurance for the district, school site and purchases the individual insurance for each child in our program. Beat the Streets also pays civilian coaches to teach wrestling to our kids.



♦  Age 5-18
♦  Maintain a school grade average of “C” or better
 Parental permission


For more information on the Wrestling Program contact Sergeant Arana:

Sergeant Jesus Arana
Wrestling Program Coordinator
(213) 393-4436

Sergeant Cheron Bartee
Youth Programs and Intervention Supervisor
(213) 304-3778

The Anger Management Program for Students (AMPS) aims to educate 3rd and 4th grade students of the Los Angeles Unified School District for basic anger management.

The program includes training in handling anger-related behavior to include threats and other negative behavior manifestations. The focus on these early grade levels is key to lay a foundation that can be carried through childhood to the adult years.

A.M.P.S. focuses on positive methods of handling anger by providing alternative solutions for identifying and preventing anger-related behavior. The program includes:

 What causes anger? 

 How do we handle the emotion of anger? 

 Criminal Threats and Battery; the definition and the consequences.

 Role-playing exercises dealing with real life situations for youth.

 How to report information related to anger such as threats and other negative behaviors.


The presentation is approximately one hour in length in an auditorium setting. Presenters are trained uniformed police officers and school safety officers from the LASPD.

To learn more about AMPS for your school or to schedule a presentation, please email Sgt. Paul Barron at or call (213) 241-8631 for any questions you may have.

Sergeant Paul Barron
(213) 241-8631