Friday, April 13, 2018 – A Los Angeles Police recruit officer graduation ceremony was held this morning on the field of the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Pa
Today’s ceremony featured 33 graduates. Four will be officers for Los Angeles World Airports, one for Los Angeles Port Police Officer and one is a Lateral Police Officer. The new police officers completed 920 hours of intense physical and mental training over the course of 24 weeks. In full uniform and anxiously awaiting receipt of their diplomas, the new officers proudly appeared before Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, command staff, and hundreds of spectators.
Chief Beck welcomed the new officers to a great profession and to the family of the LAPD. “Some of you are first generation Americans, some of you are 4th generation LAPD,” said Chief Beck. “Regardless of that status, regardless of that history, you are now one with this organization.”
“I need you to guard your character just like you guard your partner. I need you to take care of the people of Los Angeles just like you take care of each other. I need you to be the highest example of policing in America.” Chief Beck ended his speech like he always does, making a promise to the family and friends of the new LAPD officers. “While your loved ones protect and serve the city of Los Angeles, I promise each and every one of you that I will protect and serve them.”
At the end of the graduation, the recruits vigorously recited their class chant and ceremoniously tossed their caps high into the air, symbolizing their success at the police academy and the promise of a rewarding career as LAPD police officers.
There is little down time for these new 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
To hear Chief Charlie Beck’s address the new class,