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News Release

Monday, June 29, 2015

Media Relations

Reseda High School Police Academy Magnet Program Selected as Finalist NR15222mjl

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet Programs at Reseda High School was selected as a finalist in the 2015 Pioneer Institute's Better Government Competition. The awards gala was held on June 24, 2015, in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Pioneer Institute's Better Government Competition, founded in 1991, is an annual citizens' idea contest that seeks out and rewards the most innovative public policy proposals. The competition grand prize winner receives $10,000; four runners-up receive $1,000 each, and other proposals receive special recognition. This year the Pioneer Institute sought innovative ideas to improve public safety and control costs in America's criminal justice system by reexamining policies that have driven mass incarceration and resulted in significant fiscal and human costs.

The Magnet Program at Reseda High School was one of the finalists selected from over 150 proposals submitted from around the country. The program was developed for at-risk youth who are also interested in a law enforcement career. One of the goals of the program is to provide a better understanding of law enforcement through coursework, training, mentoring, work and volunteer opportunities while fostering a strong and positive bond between the participants and law enforcement. This program is also a high quality recruiting resource for the Los Angeles Police Department.

Since 2005, the Police Academy Magnet Program has been producing remarkable results. School attendance rates as well as graduation rates are well above 97 percent. Every one of the students that have graduated from the program have gone to college or joined the military making this program a huge success. Many of those graduates are now serving their communities as police officers, state troopers, military police, forensic scientists, or 911 dispatch operators.

For more information, please call Lt. Darnell Davenport, Officer in Charge, Reserve and Youth Training Section, Training Division at (310) 342-3006. You may also contact Alise Cayen, Reseda High School Program Coordinator at (818) 758-3739. For information, click here:--> Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet Program.