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News Release

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Media Relations

Chief Bratton to speak at Police Magnet School Graduation

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Chief William J. Bratton will speak at the Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet School Program Graduation on June 6, 2008 at 10:30 a.m.

One hundred thirty five high school seniors will graduate from the program, which prepares highly motivated young men and women for careers in law enforcement and related fields.  The graduation ceremony will be held at the Los Angeles Police Academy at Elysian Park.  

This year’s class includes 130 students, who are slated to attend either community college or university, and five students, who will either enlist in the military or attend a trade or vocational school, said the program’s Founder and Executive Director Roberta Weintraub.  

Attending the graduation will be Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger, Los Angeles Unified School District’s Superintendent David Brewer III and Board Member Tamar Galatzan and Weintraub.

The education goal of the program is to have 100 percent participation of graduating students matriculate to community colleges or universities with the long-term goals of developing tomorrow’s police officers.  The program is monitored by an assigned LAPD police officer and a faculty member at each of the six participating Police Academy Schools.  

There are approximately 1,200 students enrolled in five high schools – Wilson, Dorsey, Monroe, San Pedro and Reseda High Schools – and Mulholland Middle School.  Ninety-five percent of participating students complete the four year enrollment program while in high school.

For further information contact Media Relations Section at 213-485-3586.