The gym at Reseda high school was crowded with students as they held their formal uniform inspection. On September 28, 2011, 138 students stood in formation while they waited anxiously for Chief Charlie Beck to inspect their uniforms.
The Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet School Program is a rigorous, police officer-led high school curriculum developed for young men and women expressing an interest in a career in law enforcement. The high school course provides students with specialized coursework, training, mentoring, work and volunteer opportunities. The program provides a better understanding of law enforcement for students no matter what career path they eventually follow.
Before the inspection, Principle Michael Summe introduced the Command Staff in attendance including Roberta Weintraub, Executive Director of the program. Chief Beck made a few comments before inspecting the students. “Thank you for participating in this program. Thank you for investing in your future, this is an important step you will take in your life. You will grow, develop skills, knowledge, and become stronger and this will stay with you forever.”
“What you are doing is shaping your character, what you do not only impacts your own interests but others, a sense of what’s right and wrong. Take this responsibility very seriously, think about what kind of character you want. I have great confidence in you because you have made a great choice. Thank you for being the future of Los Angeles.”