July 11, 2014 – The first-ever Los Angeles Police Academy graduation ceremony to be staged at the LAPD Administration Building plaza occurred this morning at 8 a.m. Previous graduations were always held on the Los Angeles Police Academy’s athletic field in Elysian Park. However, major renovations at the academy are expected to take about two years and have necessitated relocating the ceremonies.
Today’s ceremony featured 32 graduates, 30 for LAPD and two for Los Angeles World Airports.
All recruits have completed 920 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks and proudly stood before Department command staff, dignitaries, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and hundreds of spectators composed mostly of family and friends.
During his speech, Chief Beck remarked on the significance of having the graduation ceremony at the Department’s headquarters, making note of the nearby historic landmarks, such as City Hall, the Los Angeles Times Building, St. Vibiana’s Cathedral and others.
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, July 13. At the end of the ceremony, recruits tossed their caps high into the air, a traditional closing gesture of their elation and high hopes for success as Los Angeles police officers.
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