Friday, February 16, 2018 – This morning on the athletic field of the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park, Chief Charlie Beck welcomed 34 new police officers to the LAPD family. The graduating officers proudly stood at attention as they were presented their diplomas of graduation, in front of family and friends, after having completed 920 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks.
Chief Beck began his address with a moment of silence in the memory of Commander Paul R. Bauer, a 31 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, who was killed on-duty on Tuesday February 13, 2018. Chief Beck’s goal is to instill his experience and knowledge, into the graduating officers so they won’t have to learn everything the hard way.
“The ignorance of the past cannot be repeated,” said Chief Beck. Chief Beck asked the new officers to pay close attention to the history of the LAPD, listen to senior officers, and learn from their experiences.
There is little down time for the new police officers as they will begin their new assignments on the streets of Los Angeles within the next 36 hours. The new officers will begin their careers partnering with training officers for the first year of service. For more information on how you can become a Los Angeles Police officer, please visit www.joinlapd.com
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