For those of you participating, train hard and take care of yourself in the days and weeks leading up to the race so you have a healthy team. Now, for those of you participating as support staff, thank you for making this event possible. I often say it is much easier running in the race then it is doing support. Your long hours and dedicated service are greatly appreciated.
Best of luck to all of you and I look forward to seeing you in the desert next month.
Farewell to Mr. Gerald Chaleff
This month we say goodbye to “Gerry” Chaleff, my Special Assistant for Constitutional Policing, as he retires. Many of you may not personally know Gerry, but have come to know who he is and what he meant for the Los Angeles Police Department. He has had a remarkable career as a nationally recognized trial lawyer and most recently, in his dedication and efforts in helping to guide the Los Angeles Police Department into a more transparent and community-oriented Departmentis invaluable.
The success we’ve achieved is significant and lasting and due in large measure to Gerry’s inspiring and unwavering leadership and commitment. The Consent Decree being lifted last year would not - and could not - have happened without his conscientious adherence to making the substantive changes in policy, procedure and day-to-day accountability called for by the Decree.
I thank him for being an integral part of what made this Department great. I’m proud to have served with him and equally proud to call him my friend. I wish Gerry the best of luck in his retirement.
History of Training Division
Last month I talked about seat belts and your commitment to driving with precision and caution to keep you and your partner safe. At the end of the day, the most important thing is for you to arrive home safely to those for whom you care. It is my commitment to you, to ensure you are taken care of and have the best available training and equipment to do your job efficiently and safely. As a Department, we pride ourselves on quality and continuous training. Only fitting, this month I’d like to give you a bit of history of Training Division.
The history of training within the Los Angeles Police Department dates back to July 1850, when Los Angeles became an incorporated City and a volunteer police force was created. From that time up until the early 1900s, there were little or no prerequisites or standards for selection or initial training of police officers. Newly hired police officers were simply given a badge and gun and assigned to protect and serve the City; they had to learn police work through trial and error. Police Chief John. L Butler (1916-1919) established the first police school shortly after taking office in 1916. New police officers were instructed in discipline, patrol duties, first aid, law, traffic enforcement and morals.
It was in 1925 that a “temporary” permit for a public range in Elysian Park was granted. This was the beginning of what would later become the LAPD Police Academy.The emphasis on effective police training continued to grow over the years and so did the Police Academy. The first cadet graduated in 1936 from the newly established Police Academy. This class called itself the “40 Club” (40 members graduated) and donated a plaque commemorating the start of Police Academy Training.
1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics
By the early 1930’s, the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club (LAPRAAC) range was well established and drew the attention of the Olympic Planning Committee. It was agreed that the 1932 Olympic pistol and small bore rifle matches would be held at the LAPRAAC range. However, to facilitate the Olympic competition, a second deck had to be added to the range.
Training Division Today
To this day, the Academy has a nostalgic feel to it and I have so many fond memories with my father of visiting the Academy Lounge and training grounds while growing up. Each time I speak to the new recruits at the Academy Field, I feel a sense of honor, respect and remarkable tradition. There is so much history that took place on that field. My father, my kids, my cousins and I have all graduated on the same academy field. The LAPD is my family as it has also become for many of you.
Two new training facilities were opened within the City to complement the training program of Elysian Park Academy. In the early 1990s, the Ahmanson Recruit Training Center was opened followed by the Edward M. Davis Training Facility, opened in 1998. This marked the end of an era for recruit training at the Police Academy in Elysian Park. Recruits officers and in-service training is run out of these three training facilities.
The mission of Training Division is to provide the best possible training for new officers, in-service officers, and police personnel from other agencies who avail themselves of our services. Educational methods and materials have changed enormously, but the basic purpose remains the same: To produce the best-trained police officers possible. Today, Los Angeles police officers undergo one of the most extensive and innovative training programs in the world.
Fallen Heroes of Training Division
Los Angeles Police Officer David Earle Bailey was born on March 19, 1956, in San Bernardino, California. He proudly chose the LAPD and began his Academy training on July 5, 1977, at the age of 21. On October 15, 1977, just three months into his academy training, while off duty, Officer Bailey interrupted a vehicle burglary in progress at a shopping center in the City of Rialto. During the foot chase with the suspects, he was shot, succumbing to his injuries on October 21, 1977. May he rest in peace and his memory continue to live in our hearts.
Be safe and take care of each other,