Friday, September 29, 2017 – Chief Charlie Beck welcomed and addressed the twenty eight members of the Los Angeles Police Department at a graduation ceremony on the historic and iconic field of the Elysian Park Police Academy. The new officers were joined by their family and friends at a time-honored ceremony in front of Department brass and City dignitar
The new officers successfully completed a comprehensive, highly structured, rigorous 920-hour training program over 24 weeks. The training program includes classroom instruction, practical exercises, and scenarios to help each officer develop the knowledge and skills to excel in law enforcement.
The class president of the graduating class, K. Boru, exemplified the qualities class 4-17 has acquired in their academic, tactical, physical fitness, and fire arms force. “We strive for greatness in every single aspect. These past six months have felt like a dream. It was a privilege to get to know each and every single one of you. I’ve learned so much from you and just being together to chase this goal with you has been an experience that has come to redefine what true camaraderie and team work mean to me.”
Chief Beck voiced his congratulatory message to the new graduating officers at the end of the ceremony by reiterating, “You chose us for the same reason we chose you. We do the right thing even when it’s the hard thing. We do the right thing even when it’s against our best interest. We do the right thing, regardless.” Making a difference in a difficult environment and being a part of something greater than yourself are core values that represent LAPD. Chief Beck concluded with a promise to the families by vowing to protect and serve the new officers as they protect the city of Los Angeles.
The officers begin their assignments on the streets of Los Angeles this weekend. For more information on how you can become a Los Angeles Police officer, please visit www.joinLAPD.com.