Friday, June 8, 2018 – After completing a challenging and rigorous 912 hours of training over a grueling 24 weeks, Class 12-17 had their graduation ceremony this morning on the athletic field at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park. The newest 32 officers of the Department proudly stood at attention as they were presented with their diploma of graduation.
This was the last graduating class under Chief Charlie Beck’s command. Chief Beck received a standing ovation as he was introduced for the final time. Chief Beck began by thanking his wife, Cindy, for her support and strength throughout his career. Instead of reading a prepared written speech, Chief Beck spoke from the heart to the new officers. Chief Beck said he wants each officer to remain true to the ideals of their new profession, make the LAPD a better place, and make Los Angeles a better city.
“There is nothing greater than the brotherhood and sisterhood of the LAPD.” Chef Beck told the graduates they will be in the capable and loving hands of his longtime friend, the next Chief of Police Michel Moore. “The Chief’s job is to protect and serve you, as you serve and protect the public. Thank you for being my last class.”
The LAPD badge is a symbol of public faith as they begin their new assignments on the streets of Los Angeles within the next 36 hours to protect and serve. For more information on how you can become a Los Angeles Police officer, please visit www.joinlapd.com
To hear Chief Beck address the graduating class, click below: