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News Release

Friday, June 8, 2012

Media Relations

Record Setting Number of LAPD Cadets to Graduate at The Cadet Program “GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION”

Record Setting Number of LAPD Cadets to Graduate at The Cadet Program “GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION”

Sunday, June 10, 2012, 11:00 a.m.

USC Galen Center, 3400 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90007

Chief Charlie Beck, Chief of Police
Assistant Chief Earl C. Paysinger, LAPD Office of Operations
Nearly 600 LAPD Cadet Graduates and thousands of fellow Cadets, family members and law enforcement officials.

The Los Angeles Police Department is hosting its latest Cadet Program Graduation ceremony where nearly 600 youth will participate in commencement exercises.  The LAPD is also celebrating the 50th “Golden” Anniversary of the program which marked its beginning in 1962.  This Cadet class ranks as the largest in history, eclipsing the previous record breaking class by 200 students.  The Cadet Program places strong emphasis on discipline, leadership, academic excellence and life-skills.  Community youth who participate range in age from 13 – 20 years, are in good scholastic standing and represent regions spanning the entire City and beyond.  During the eighteen week Academy term, Cadets receive instruction in numerous fields of study that include:

-    Leadership Training
-    Law Enforcement Principles
-    Conflict Resolution
-    Physical Fitness
-    Life – Skills Education
-    Cultural Diversity
-    Financial Literacy
-    Gang and Narcotics Prevention

Cadets also receive lessons in the acclaimed Josephson Institute’s “Six Pillars” character development series as well as public speaking lessons that educate students to become more confident and effective communicators.  This graduation will also feature over one hundred adults who will be awarded certificates for completing our “Cadet Parent Academy” during which they were taught the same courses as their youth and at the same institute.  This companion learning approach enhances the parent/child relationship at home and also deepens the partnership between the LAPD and the members of our communities.

For more information about this special event, you may contact the LAPD Youth Programs Coordinator, Senior Management Analyst Natalie Torres at telephone 213-486-0100, or you may visit the LAPD Cadet website at