Friday, May 11, 2018 – A Los Angeles Police recruit officer graduation ceremony was held this afternoon on the field of the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park. The new police officers completed 912 hours of intense physical and mental training over the course of 24 weeks. Today’s ceremony featured 33 LAPD graduates. In addition, three Recreation and Parks Officers also graduated.
In full uniform, the new officers proudly appeared before Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, command staff, family and friends.
Chief Beck thanked Mayor Garcetti for singing a duet of the national anthem and for speaking on the great qualities that make a great police officer. Chief Beck gave advice to the families in attendance. He shared from his experiences as a father of two LAPD officers, telling them not to be afraid as their loved ones go into a dangerous profession that faces public scrutiny. “They have been trained to be great police officers. They will be great police officers. They will flourish on the streets of Los Angeles and they will make a difference in people’s lives. They will do what all of us want to do, they will lead lives of significance,” said Chief Beck. “They will become much greater than anything you could have expected.”
The new officers will begin their new assignments on the streets of Los Angeles within the next 36 hours. For more information on how you can become a Los Angeles Police officer, please visit www.joinlapd.com