LAPD’s Cadet Leadership Program Receives $100,000 Grant NR14360nv

November 20, 2014

Los Angeles:  The Los Angeles Police Department Cadet Leadership Program received a $100,000 annual grant from the University of Southern California (USC).

As part of USC’s long-standing commitment to support education, health, fitness, public safety and economic development, in partnership with local community organizations, USC is proud to award this grant to the Los Angeles Police Department Cadet leadership Program.  

The annual grant will expand outreach for the program that already boasts 6,000 active members ranging in age from 13-20 years old and hailing from every enclave of the city and beyond.

“The University of Southern California is proud to partner with the LAPD in helping to significantly expand this extraordinary youth enterprise to reach even more young people and their parents,” said USC President C.L. Max Nikias.  “The LAPD has a bold agenda for community outreach and youth development and their efforts are a natural pairing with the University’s community partnerships.”

For over half a century, the LAPD Cadet Leadership Program has been resolute in its promise to inspire community youth and provide them opportunities to achieve academic excellence and remain steadfast in their commitment to community service – all in the pursuit of building a more secure bridge to tomorrow.  The students in the current Cadet Academy numbers nearly 800 strong and is the largest class in the history of this storied program.  Because of this seismic growth, the demand to broaden the scope of this initiative has increased exponentially.

The Los Angeles Police Department Cadet Program is a dynamic youth-based enterprise and the Department’s signature program for community youth.  The Program has a rich heritage of reaching students from all walks of life, guiding them towards academic excellence, leadership, character development and enhancing their ability to live productive lives.

“We are pleased to count the University of Southern California as a principal partner in our campaign to provide youth with opportunities for learning and leadership.  As one of the leading institutions of higher learning in the country, USC has a strong record of supporting educational programs that strive to deliver a better future for young people by helping them channel their energies into community service, quality learning and leadership development,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business, USC’s diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

About the LAPD Cadet Leadership Program

The LAPD Cadet Leadership Program is designed to offer community youth the opportunity to enhance their leadership, life-skills, academic excellence and character development that will help them live productive and prosperous lives while working with one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country.  The Program is offered at each of the twenty-one LAPD community police stations across the City as well as several specialized Posts – Metropolitan Division, Communications Division, South Traffic Division and Gateway Regional located on the campus of City of Refuge Church pastored by the distinguished minister, scholar and teacher, Bishop Noel Jones.  Cadets are as diverse as the City they represent.  Although each of them hails from different backgrounds and possesses unique goals, the constant for all of them is their indelible passion to achieve scholastic merit and strong character values in their own lives and to then leverage those qualities to positively impact the communities where they live.

To learn more about the LAPD Cadet Program and also how to join, you may log on to or call 213.486.0123.  You can also follow us on Twitter at @LAPD_Cadets.