Los Angeles: October 31, 2014 – A Los Angeles Police Academy graduation ceremony was held this morning at the LAPD Administration Building plaza.
Today’s ceremony featured 26 graduates. Three will be officers for Los Angeles World Airports, and one will be for Los Angeles Port Police. All recruits have completed 920 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks. In eager anticipation of receiving their diplomas, the recruits proudly stood before Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Department command staff, city officials and hundreds of spectators.
Chief Beck enjoys and greatly looks forward to attending graduation ceremonies. As always, he emphasized during his speech that being an LAPD officer is all about character, which is instilled in each graduate through support from family and friends. He also reminded them about the importance of never breaking the law to enforce the law, a cornerstone of behavior he expects from all LAPD officers.
Recruits will be expected to spring into action almost immediately, as many will be deployed in the field at their respective LAPD divisions beginning as soon as Sunday, November 2. Upholding long-standing Department traditions at the end of the ceremony, recruits vigorously recited their class chant and tossed their caps high into the air, symbolizing their triumph at the academy and the promise of success as LAPD’s newest officers.