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November 21, 2011

Historic Cadet Graduation

Sunday, November 20, 2011, 11:00 a.m.

USC Galen Center, 3400 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90007

Honorable Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General, State of California
Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Honorable Michael Nash, Presiding Judge, Juvenile Division, Superior Court
Chief Charlie Beck, Chief of Police
Assistant Chief Earl C. Paysinger, LAPD Office of Operations

Over 300 LAPD Cadet Graduates and hundreds of fellow Cadets, family members and law enforcement officials.

The Los Angeles Police Department is hosting its latest Cadet Program Graduation ceremony for this year, bringing the total to over 6,000 youth that have graduated since the renaissance of the program in 2007.  This Cadet class ranks as one of the largest in the history of this program which places strong emphasis on discipline, leadership, academic excellence and life-skills.  Community youth who participate range in age from 14 – 20 years, are in good scholastic standing and represent regions spanning the entire City and beyond.  During the 18-week Academy term, Cadets receive instruction in numerous fields of study that include:

Leadership Training
Law Enforcement Principles
Conflict Resolution
Physical Fitness
Life – Skills Education
Cultural Diversity
Financial Literacy
Gang and Narcotics Prevention

Cadets also receive lessons in the acclaimed Josephson Institute’s “Six Pillars” character development series as well as public speaking lessons that educate students to become more confident and effective communicators.  This graduation will also highlight nearly one hundred adults who will be awarded certificates for completing our inaugural “Cadet Parent Academy” during which they were taught the same courses as their youth and at the same institute.  This companion learning approach enhances the parent/child relationship at home and also deepens the partnership between the LAPD and the members of our communities.

For more information about this special event, you may contact the LAPD Youth Programs Coordinator, Senior Management Analyst Natalie Torres at telephone 213-486-0100, or visit the LAPD Cadet website at