Girl’s Stolen Bike Incident Has Happy Ending Thanks to Newton Officer

Bike ShotFor as long as anyone can remember, bicycle theft has victimized children of all ages. As an all-too-common occurrence, it has certainly brought tears to the eyes of many a youngster. So when it happened last month to fourth-grader Ashley Sanchez of Celerity Dyad Charter School, her teacher noticed she was visibly depressed.

But little Ashley’s sadness was short lived thanks to Police Officer II Creighton Dawson, a Newton Division school liaison officer who was determined to lend a helping hand with the assistance of his partners, Police Officer III Tracy Marrufo and Police Officer II Robert Deamer. “We go to classes and speak to the students about various issues, such as bullying, drug use, staying in school, respect for teachers and police work,” says Officer Dawson. “I’ve done everything from reading storybooks to giving advice to a pregnant teen on breaking the news to her dad. It’s a very good program.”

In Ashley’s case, her teacher pitched in with Officer Dawson to purchase a new bicycle and safety helmet, along with a lock for better security, and and the items were presented to Ashley on March 6, 2015. Everyone, including the school’s principal, was very grateful. “I’d do it again in a heartbeat,” said Officer Dawson. “The look on Ashley’s face when she got that bike was worth every penny.”

In the photo to the left, Ashley receives her new bike from Officer Dawson (center), Police Officer II Ike Galloway (left) and Police Officer III Carlos Savedra.

Class 1-14 Recruit Graduation

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July 11, 2014 – The first-ever Los Angeles Police Academy graduation ceremony to be staged at the LAPD Administration Building plaza occurred this morning at 8 a.m. Previous graduations were always held on the Los Angeles Police Academy’s athletic field in Elysian Park.  However, major renovations at the academy are expected to take about two years and have necessitated relocating the ceremonies.

Today’s ceremony featured 32 graduates, 30 for LAPD and two for Los Angeles World Airports.
All recruits have completed 920 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks and proudly stood before Department command staff, dignitaries, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and hundreds of spectators composed mostly of family and friends.  

During his speech, Chief Beck remarked on the significance of having the graduation ceremony at the Department’s headquarters, making note of the nearby historic landmarks, such as City Hall, the Los Angeles Times Building, St. Vibiana’s Cathedral and others.

Recruits will be expected to hit the ground running as many will be deployed in the field at their respective LAPD divisions beginning as soon as Sunday, July 13.  At the end of the ceremony, recruits tossed their caps high into the air, a traditional closing gesture of their elation and high hopes for success as Los Angeles police officers.


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Los Angeles Police Department Recruit Officer Graduation Ceremony for Class 12-13

On Friday, May 16, 2014, Chief of Police Charlie Beck addressed the newest members of the LAPD family. The 29 graduating officers have completed 920 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks. This is the last graduation ceremony held at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park due to the planned two year renovation.

“33,210 officers have graduated from this field. You have joined a long and distinguished legacy,” said Chief Beck. “Thank you for entrusting your loved ones to us, your new family,” said Chief Beck to the attending family members, speaking about the physical and mental transformation they have seen of their loved ones as they went through the academy training.  Chief Beck told the graduates what he demands from each one of them. “You must always remember that at the core of what you do, doing things the right way is more important than getting the right results.”

To hear Chief Beck address the graduating class, please click on the link here.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony 2013

September 11, 2013 – With a large steel piece of the World Trade Center as a backdrop, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Police Chief Charlie Beck, Fire Chief Brian Cummings and a host of police and fire personnel paid homage to those first responders and civilians who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  The somber memorial featured a wreath ceremony, bell ringing ceremony, the playing of Taps and a helicopter flyover in the “missing man” formation. 

“September 11th is a day of horror and infamy that will forever be seared on the soul of this country,” said Chief Beck.  “We gather together today to remember our dead and to inspire our living.”

Speaking on the September 11th terror attacks Mayor Garcetti said, "It is our responsibility to keep that light burning and to teach the lessons of that day.  Each day brings with it risks.  Each day brings with it heroes.  We know that these heroes will never be forgotten.”

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You can hear Mayor Garcetti’s and Chief Beck’s full comments by clicking on the links provided.

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Swing-A-Thon 2013

Come out and joint the LAPD Baseball Team as they renew their 126 year rivalry with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at the Swing-A-Thon 2013.  Included in this event is a free baseball competition for all ages, a free baseball clinic with interactive games and public safety displays.  There will also be music, prizes, giveaways which include Dodger tickets, and an opportunity to meet and greet some of your favorite television and sports celebrities. 

This event is taking place on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 10 a.m. at El Cariso County Park in Sylmar.  The address is 13100 Hubbard Street, Sylmar, California 91342.  For more information you can view the  event flyer on the Department sports page on



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"Over 1,000 Firearms Removed from Streets this Weekend"

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and Councilmembers Joe Busciano and Mitch Englander today announced that 1,172 firearms were collected during the 2013 Gun Buyback, bringing the total number of firearms removed from City streets during the Villaraigosa administration to 11,151.

20130506_132819_resizedIn total, 516 handguns, 381 rifles, 226 shotguns, and 49 assault weapons were collected this weekend from the four Gun Buyback locations citywide.

"Like all of you, I was disappointed by Congress' inability to pass commonsense gun legislation, but we will not let inaction in Washington stop us from taking action here in Los Angeles to get guns off of our streets,” Mayor Villaraigosa said. “Thanks to my Gang Reduction and Youth Development Office, LAPD, and our community partners over 1,000 guns were removed from our streets this weekend alone. And thanks to the support our friends on 20130506_134454_resized City Council, the Gun Buyback program will continue beyond my term as Mayor.”

An initiative of the Mayor's Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) Office that began in 2009, the Gun Buyback program rewards the voluntary surrender of firearms while engaging the community towards a common goal of reducing gun violence.

“The Department is grateful for and encouraged by the ongoing support of this program from the Mayor’s Office and the people of Los Angeles who continue to turn in firearms at our collection events,” Chief Beck said. “Although the total scope of today’s success cannot be measured, the guns displayed here will never be used to harm innocent people. And for those who have lost their lives to gun violence, let this be a solemn remembrance that their sacrifices were not in vain and will never be forgotten.”
The 2013 Gun Buyback was made possible thanks to a council motion introduced by Councilmember Joe Busciano and seconded by Councilmember Mitch Englander, Chair of the Public Safety Committee. The motion funded the Gun Buyback program for the first time using General Fund dollars, rather than private donations as is typically the case. In total, $250,000 was contributed to the program toward the purchase of pre-paid gift cards.
In exchange for surrendering weapons, participants in the Gun Buyback receive a Ralphs pre-paid card. The cost per firearm is dependent on its type, up to $200 for assault weapons as specified by the State of California and up to $100 for handguns, rifles, and shotguns. The LAPD Gun Unit determines the type and classification of the firearm surrendered.

“As a former LAPD officer, I am aware of the importance of the Gun Buyback program,” Councilmember Busciano said. “Since the program was launched in 2009, the number of people shot has decreased by 33 percent. Any way we can reduce gun violence is important to the City of Los Angeles.”

“Since the Gun Buyback program began, over 11,000 firearms have been taken off the street, that’s 11,000 less opportunities for these dangerous firearms to fall into the wrong hands,” Councilmember Englander added.
The annual Citywide Gun Buyback includes a grassroots outreach campaign that works with gang prevention and intervention agencies, community and religious leaders, and the Los Angeles Police Department. The comprehensive outreach effort serves not only to encourage participation in neighborhoods suffering from high levels of gun violence, but also to educate communities about the risks and dangers of gun and gang violence.

The Gun Buyback is the beginning of the Summer Violence Reduction strategy which leads into the Summer Night Lights (SNL) program.

Mayor Villaraigosa Announces $1.5 Million Grant for Gang Reduction in Los Angeles

Department of Justice Grant Includes MOU to Partner with USAID to Export Best Practices Abroad

(Chief Podcast) LOS ANGELES – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today announced a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to expand gang reduction efforts citywide. The Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) was created in 2007 to combat gang violence in Los Angeles and has since become a national model of innovation.

Pic 021The Mayor also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to partner to reduce gang violence in the Western Hemisphere. The MOU will export GRYD’s best practices to Central and Latin America.

“Sometimes gang violence spills from one country into another,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “This sharing of expertise will not only help our neighbors but will strengthen our efforts in Los Angeles. By helping USAID attack the gang violence in Central and Latin America, we are working to reduce related gang violence here.”
The MOU focuses on citizen security initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region with the highest homicide rate in the world. USAID will benefit from Los Angeles’ leadership combating gang violence and promoting youth development.
“Los Angeles learned how to combat violence and we want to use our joint expertise to aggressively tackle citizen insecurity in the Americas,” said Rajiv Shah, Administrator for USAID. “We have a common interest in improving citizen security in Latin America and the Caribbean and must continue to foster opportunities, especially for youth who comprise 50% of the region’s population.”
As part of the agreement, GRYD will:
• Serve as an advisor on USAID’s citizen security programming for the region.
• Share best practices and technical knowledge with USAID staff and regional program implementers.
• Collaborate on specific at-risk youth initiatives.
• Assist with city-to-city partnerships and best practices.
The first initiative of this new partnership will be the adaptation of the Youth Services Eligibility Tool (YSET) in the Northern Triangle of Central America, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. YSET was developed in collaboration with USC and helps gang prevention workers focus services on those 10-15 year olds that are at the highest risk of becoming gang members.
The partnership between Los Angeles and USAID builds upon the U.S. Government’s Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). USAID’s efforts support social prevention and rule of law programming, specifically working with municipalities, community police, at-risk youth, and criminal courts. To date, USAID has established 80 outreach centers for at-risk youth in the Northern Triangle countries and Panama.


Los Angeles Police Academy Graduation

After completing a challenging and rigorous 920 hours of training over a grueling 24 weeks, Class 3-12 had their graduation ceremony at the Los Angeles Police Academy.  Chief Charlie Beck welcomed to the LAPD family the 33 new police officers. Two additional graduates will serve as officers with other agencies: Los Angeles World Airports and the University of Southern California Department of Public Safety.

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LAPD Memorial Ceremony

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Thursday May 3 – In a ceremony befitting a hero, the Los Angeles Police Department held its annual Memorial Ceremony in the Ronald F. Deaton Auditorium at the Police Administration Building in Downtown Los Angeles. In attendance were many of the surviving family members of some of the more recent officers to be killed in the line of duty along with Department command staff, rank and file officers, and members of the media.

The ceremony itself featured a video tribute to the 204 Los Angeles police officers to be killed in the line of duty or who were killed while serving on active duty in the United States military.  Police Chief Charlie Beck also added his somber remarks as to what their sacrifice has meant to him personally as well as to the Department as a whole. An End of Watch broadcast completed the first portion of the ceremony.

The congregation then moved outside to the Memorial Wall located on the east side of the building. Uniformed personnel, including Chief Beck and other command staff, lined up in platoon formation and saluted as a memorial wreath was placed at the wall. Four airships then flew overhead and performed a “Missing Man” maneuver which brought the ceremony to an end. Family members then had the opportunity to place a red rose on the name plate of their fallen loved one.

The month of May serves as Police Memorial Month which is observed throughout the entire country. Memorial services are held throughout the month to honor those who gave all while proudly serving their communities. Ceremonies such as the one held today are a way in which the Department can keep the memories and legacies of our fallen heroes alive and well.


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Sunburst Youth Academy

April 24, 2012–On the playground of Flournoy Elementary School in the Nickerson Gardens area of South Los Angeles, students gathered and awaited the arrival of some very special guests.  The newest graduating class of the Sunburst Youth Academy was on their way, ready to treat the children of the school to a marching display of pageantry.

Sunburst Academy 003As the class arrived to lights and sirens, the children stood and cheered.  Once on the grounds of the schoolyard, the students of Sunburst began their presentation. Two platoons of both males and females marched and chanted, with the school children lifting signs of praise and encouragement in the air. The academy graduate’s message was clear: “Stay in school! Stay away from gangs!”

The Sunburst Youth Academy is a partnership between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Army/ National Guard which takes in troubled teens from the inner-cities, and teaches life skills, responsibility and discipline.  This five month, live-in academy is federally funded and is the first Sunburst Academy 007partnership of its kind between the Department and the Army/National Guard.

The Los Angeles Police Department would like to congratulate the graduates of the Sunburst Youth Academy and wish them well in their future endeavors.