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News Release

Friday, May 8, 2015

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Record number of LAPD Cadets Graduating - Class Numbers 520 Strong

WHAT:
LAPD Cadet Graduation

WHEN:
Saturday, May 9, 2015
10:00 a.m.

WHERE:
USC Galen Center
3400 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089

WHO:
LAPD Assistant Chief Earl C. Paysinger, Director, Office of Operations
Dr. C. L. Max Nikias, President, University of Southern California
Mr. Richard Tefank, Executive Director, Los Angeles Police Commission
Commissioner Steve Soboroff, President Los Angeles Police Commission
Commissioner Sandra Figueroa Villa, Los Angeles Police Commission
520 Cadet Graduates, thousands of family members and friends

WHY:
Over 520 new Cadets (ages 13-20) will join the ranks of the nearly 6,000 Cadets Citywide. Also featured at this graduation will be over 200 Cadet Parents who are graduating from the Cadet Parent Academy. The Cadet Program places strong emphasis on leadership, character building, discipline, academic excellence and life-skills. During the eighteen-week academy term, Cadets receive instruction in an array of study domains that include:


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


Since the renaissance of the LAPD Cadet Leadership Program, participation has grown dramatically from 457 members in 2007 to over 6,000 active youth participants today - all under the age of 20.

The LAPD Cadet Leadership Program is a dynamic youth-based enterprise and is the Department's "signature" program for community youth. The Cadet Program has a rich heritage of reaching students from all walks of life, guiding them towards academic excellence, leadership and enhancing their ability to live productive lives.

The LAPD is pleased to announce the awarding of thousands of dollars in academic scholarships to college-bound seniors at this commencement.

Additionally, the LAPD is privileged to have been awarded a $100,000 annual Grant from the University of Southern California for the Los Angeles Police Cadet Leadership Program. This award further demonstrates the commitment the University of Southern California has made as a principal partner in our campaign to provide area youth with opportunities for learning and leadership.

For more information about this special event, you may contact the LAPD Youth Programs Coordinator Senior Management Analyst Natalie Torres, Office of Special Operations, at (213) 486-8440. You can also visit our website at www.LAPDCadets.com or follow us on Twitter at @LAPD_Cadets.


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