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News Release

Friday, August 24, 2001

Media Relations

97 Future Leaders of LAPD to Graduate


LAPD Law Enforcement Explorers Academy Graduation

Saturday, August 25, 2001
11:00 a.m.

Los Angeles Police Academy Gymnasium
1880 North Academy Drive
Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard C. Parks, Members of the Police Commission, and Police Department Command Staff

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department's Explorers Program will graduate 97 explorers on Saturday, August 25, 2001, at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the Los Angeles Police Academy Gymnasium, in Elysian Park, 1880 North Academy Drive, Los Angeles. The graduating explorers have completed 96 hours of training over a course of 12 consecutive Saturdays. There are 47 males and 50 females in the graduating class ranging from 14 to 18 years of age. A majority of the explorers are at risk youth from throughout Los Angeles.

The Law Enforcement Explorers Program began in 1962 and has made a tremendous impact on young adults throughout the Los Angeles area. Many of the explorers that graduate from the program, begin a career in law enforcement and become one of LA's finest.

It is anticipated that over 500 guests will attend the graduation ceremony. Chief Bernard C. Parks will be a guest speaker and present awards to the class. Members of the Police Commission and Los Angeles Police Department Command Staff will be in attendance, as well as special guests and other dignitaries.

For further information regarding this press release, please contact Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586. This press release was prepared by Officer La Donna Cissell.