August 8, 2014 – The second Los Angeles Police Academy graduation ceremony to be staged at the LAPD Administration Building plaza occurred this morning at 8 a.m.
Today’s ceremony featured 16 graduates. All recruits have completed 920 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks and proudly stood before Department command staff, dignitaries and hundreds of spectators composed mostly of family and friends.
Attending on behalf of Chief Beck was Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger, Director of the Office of Operations and a 37-year veteran of the Department. Describing the graduating class as an “an elite fraternity of proud professionals,” Chief Paysinger proposed three challenges to each of the new officers:
- To fulfill the calling to make a difference by taking personal responsibility when representing the LAPD;
- In every situation, to always maintain a sense of dignity; and
- To start leading now by leading from the front, leading from behind and leading by example.
Recruits will be expected to hit the ground running as many will be deployed in the field at their respective LAPD divisions beginning as soon as Sunday, August 10. As always, recruits tossed their caps high into the air at the end of the ceremony to symbolize their jubilation and the promise of success as Los Angeles police officers.