March 20, 2015 – A Los Angeles Police Academy graduation ceremony was held this morning at the LAPD Administration Building plaza.
Today’s ceremony featured 26 graduates. Two will be officers for Los Angeles World Airports, and one will be a University of Southern California public safety officer. All recruits have completed 920 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks. In full uniform, the recruits proudly appeared before Chief Charlie Beck and command staff, City officials and a large crowd of spectators.
Chief Beck greatly values his attendance at recruit graduation ceremonies to thank, inform, and congratulate LAPD’s newest officers, along with the countless family members and friends who have supported them. Chief Beck began his address by talking about the LAPD’s “legacy,” which recruits would inherit with their graduation. He pointed out how part of that legacy is the long list of those who have come before, such as Assistant Chief Sandy Jo MacArthur, Commanding Officer of the Office of Administrative Services, who will retire at the end of the month. Thanking Chief MacArthur for her years of dedicated service, he emphasized how much recruits have been her passion. “She has made our training live up to its reputation,” he said.
As always, Chief Beck went on to emphasize the importance of individual character. “Your character is what will keep you safe in this profession,” he said. “Your character is everything; it’s the only thing. And your heart is a shield for that badge.” Chief Beck also talked about the importance of legal authority given to officers by the state, with moral authority as the overarching guidepost. “Be the kind of cop you would want to show up at your house, and do it every day with every contact.” In closing, Chief Beck promised family members he would “protect and serve” the new recruits to the best of his ability.
Recruits will be on patrol in their respective LAPD divisions as soon as this coming Sunday, March 22. As always, at the end of the graduation, the recruits recited their class chant and tossed their caps high into the air, celebrating their success at the police academy and the promise of a rewarding career as LAPD police officers.
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