March 27, 2009 – It was more than just a graduation ceremony for one of the LAPD’s newest officers. It was the fulfillment of a life-long dream. Twenty-One year old Police Officer Timothy Pecina of Granada Hills became the first individual to graduate from the Monroe Police Academy Magnet High School, work as a Community Police Aide and graduate from the Los Angeles Police Academy.
“I have wanted to be a police officer for as long as I can remember,” said Officer Pecina.
Officer Pecina attended James Monroe High School Police Academy Magnet for four years, earning his high school diploma. After graduating, he was hired as a Community Police Aide with the Los Angeles Police Department where he worked for three years. Once old enough to apply to become a Los Angeles Police Officer, he entered the academy in the class of 10-08, earning his newly minted badge which was given to him at graduation.
Officer Pecina’s short term goal is simple, “I am just working on getting through probation,” he said with a smile. His first assignment will be working Central Division patrol. He hopes to promote through the ranks and do a little bit of everything during his career with the Department.
Formed in 1996, the Police Academy Magnet school at James Monroe High involves students in a stimulating and challenging array of courses and hands-on activities. The curriculum is designed to instill interest and knowledge in law enforcement and help students understand and become active in community and national issues.
The Community Police Aide program is a part-time or full-time paid position for individuals who are interested in law enforcement but lack the age requirement to enter into the police academy. This program provides invaluable on-the-job training that prepares individuals for a career with the Los Angeles Police Department.