Washington Law Enforcement Exploring Advisors

Academy Command Staff - Winter 2019


Command Staff Position

Officer Mike Ellis (Arlington PD) Academy Commander
Officer Ken Henson (Lakewood PD) Assistant Commander
Deputy Karen Davy (King County SO) Advanced Coordinator
Deputy DuWayne Layton (Clark County SO) Basic Coordinator
Deputy Jake Navarro (Snohomish County SO) APD Coordinator
Deputy Greg Victor (King County SO) Academy Inspector

About the Academy

Washington Law Enforcement Explorer Academy

WLEEA operates an intensive week-long Explorer Academy twice a year. The Academy is a full-time training environment that mirrors the atmosphere at the real law enforcement Academy. Advisors and Instructors from all around Washington State come together to provide top-notch instruction and training.

During the week of training, Explorers experience aspects of police work firsthand. Classroom time and practical application of skills are combined to provide a challenging and fun week.

*New beginning Winter 2016: It is now a requirement to attend graduation in order to succesfully complete the academy.

There are five ways to participate in the Academy...

  • Basic Academy (for first-time Explorers) This academy covers many of the basic building blocks of law enforcement. Topics may include but are not limited to: ethics, building searches, traffic control, radio communication, traffic stops, criminal law, court procedures, basic interviewing, crime scene investigation, collision investigation, report writing, domestic violence, use of force, firearms safety, firing range, physical agility test, and mock scenes.
  • Advanced Academy (for Explorers that have successfully completed the Basic Academy) There are three tracks to the advanced academy: Advanced Investigations, Advanced Narcotics Investigation, and Leadership.
  • Advanced Investigations: In this week of training, topics may include but not be limited to: Ethics, field interviews, patrol preparation, arson, sex crimes, organized retail theft, fraud and forgery, burglary, search and rescue, crowd control, case studies, high risk stops, use of force, defensive tactics, homicide, kidnapping, malicious mischief, firearms safety, firing range, physical agility test daily academic tests, and mock scenes.
  • Advanced Narcotics Investigations: In this week of training, topics may include but not be limited to: Ethics, drug identification, classes of drugs, drug effects on behavior, writing affidavits, controlled buys, working with informants, search warrant planning, search warrant service (including pre-service and post-service assignments), courtroom testimony, drug dog demonstration, case law, firearms safety, firing range, physical agility test, daily academic tests, mock scenes and mock trial.
  • Leadership: In this week of training, topics may include but not be limited to: Ethics, team building, developing people, team dynamics, creative thinking, learning styles, personality styles, communications styles, chain of command, influence and negotiations, range safety, firing range, physical agility test, daily academic tests, and graded team or individual activities.
  • E.A.A. - Explorer Advisor Assistant (after several academies the Explorer helps out with the administration of the Academy) As an E.A.A. Explorers have an opportunity to work behind the scenes. There are many roles for the E.A.A.'s from role players, to kitchen duty, to acting as the direct assistant to the Academy Leadership. This opportunity allows the explorer to show their experience, work ethic, and serve the junior explorers as they learn about police work. This position requires maturity and drive. The E.A.A.'s report directly to the Assistant Commander throughout the academy.
  • Selection Academy Always Summer Academy (The mission is to prepare senior explorers for the hiring process.) The acceptance requirements for Selection Academy are the same as for APD. There's training on the written test, oral boards, resume preparation, social media pitfalls, preparing for interviews, polygraphs, PT Test etc.
  • A.P.D. - Academy Police Department- Always Winter Academy (This is what it's all about!) Explorers apply to the Academy Police Department like a real job. If accepted, they get to work patrol shifts on the Academy campus for the week, doing tons of mock scenes. A.P.D. is treated like an actual Police Department in every way.

Explorers applying for the Academy Police Department (APD) must meet the following criteria:

  1. 18 years old (exceptions will be granted per the WLEEA Eboard)
  2. Regular WLEEA application (online HERE)
  3. APD Officer/Sergeant Application (found HERE)

Also, applications are being accepted for APD Sergeant simultaneously. The criteria are the same, but prior APD experience is encouraged.

2017 Winter Academy

Academy Location

Fort Lewis is a United States military facility located 9.1 miles south-southwest of Tacoma, Washington under the jurisdiction of the United States Army Joint Base Garrison, Joint Base Lewis–McChord. The Yakima Training Center is a major sub-installation of JBLM, and provides a full range of training lands and ranges to active and reserve component units. Encompassing more than 320,000 acres, YTC is a world-class facility.

  • Yakima Training Center Firing Center Road Yakima, WA 98901