May 17, 2013 – On the athletic field at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park, the newest members of the Department proudly stood at attention as they were presented with their diploma of graduation. Thirty-nine individuals underwent six months of intense training which culminated with today’s ceremony in front of Department command staff, dignitaries and their family and friends.
This was Mayor Villaraigosa’s last recruit graduation before he leaves office. When he came into office July 1, 2005, his goal was to get the LAPD to over 10,000 police officers. Today the number of police officers hovers around that amount, but fluctuates based on attrition, mostly due to retirement.
As of May 15, 2013, 4,075 officers have been hired during Mayor Villaraigosa's administration. This represents a total of 79 recruit classes. However, one more class will begin on June 17th. That final class will be between 25 and 50 officers.
There is little down time for these new officers as many of them will begin their new assignments on the street of Los Angeles within the next 36 hours. For more information on how you can become a Los Angeles Police officer, please visit www.joinlapd.com.