Academy Graduation of 36 New Officers

December 10, 2003

Los Angeles: On Friday, December 12, 2003, at 9:00 a.m., The Los Angeles Police Department will graduate 36 police officers. The ceremony will take place at the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park, 1880 North Academy Drive, Los Angeles.

The graduating officers have completed 1,064 hours of training over the course of 28 weeks. There are 31 men and 5 women in the graduating class. Additionally, nine lateral officers will graduate with the regular recruit class. These lateral officers, eight men and one woman, are experienced peace officers who have been certified by the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training. They have joined the Los Angeles Police Department after serving with various California law enforcement agencies and completing a two-month lateral officer academy.

It is anticipated that over 500 guests will attend the graduation ceremony. Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell will inspect the class on behalf of Chief William J. Bratton. Representatives of the Mayor Hahn’s office, the Board of Police Commissioners and Police Department Command Staff will be in attendance, as well as their special guests and other dignitaries.

This news advisory was prepared by Public Information Officer Jason Lee, Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.