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Friday, November 21, 2014

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Record number of LAPD Cadets Graduating - Class Numbers 730 Strong

WHAT:        
LAPD Cadet Graduation

WHEN:        
Saturday, November 22, 2014    11:00 a.m.

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

WHO:          
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck
LAPD Assistant Chief Earl C. Paysinger, Director,
Office of Operations
Dr. C. L. Max Nikias, President,
University of Southern California
730 Cadet Graduates, thousands of family
members and friends

WHY:          
Over 730 new Cadets (ages 13-20) will join the ranks of the nearly 6,000 Cadets Citywide.  Also featured at this graduation will be over 300 Cadet Parents who are graduating from the Cadet Parent Academy.  This will be an extraordinary event as this is the largest class in the half-century history of this youth outreach campaign – numbering over 1,000 graduates.  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 at 213-486-0100.  You can also visit our website at www.LAPDCadets.com or follow us on Twitter at @LAPD_Cadets.


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