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News Release

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Media Relations

LAPD Cadet Leadership Academy Graduation Ceremony NA18089ne

LAPD Cadet Leadership Academy Graduation Ceremony

Saturday, May 5, 2018
11:00 a.m.

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

The Honorable Mayor Eric Garcetti
Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, Seventh Council District
Mr. Richard Tefank, Executive Director of the Board of Police Commissioners
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck
Commander Ruby Flores, Commanding Officer, Community Policing and Policy Group
Representatives from The Ray Charles Foundation
LAPD Command Staff and Special Guests

Representatives from partnering law enforcement agencies, to include, the University of Southern California Department of Public Safety, Los Angeles World Airports Police Department, and the Loyola Marymount University Department of Public Safety Over 380 Cadet Leadership Academy graduates, thousands of family members and friends

Over 380 youth participants will be honored at the graduation ceremony which celebrates each graduate's successful completion of the Cadet Leadership Academy, considered the preparatory phase in the LAPD Cadet journey. The 15-week preparatory phase included classroom work, facilitated discussions, physical training, and relationship building with both sworn and civilian members of the LAPD. Additionally, the ceremony signifies a new beginning, qualifying each graduate to take his or her place among nearly 2,000 cadets Citywide who have made the choice to achieve their dreams and apply the lessons they have learned. The ceremony will also recognize over 90 parents and guardians that completed the concurrent 7-week Parent Academy.

The Cadet Program is a community-based crime prevention program developed to empower youth, 13 to 20 years of age, and maximize their personal and scholastic potential through the emphasis of the program's four cornerstones: Leadership, Academic Excellence, Ethical and Wise Decision-Making, and Community Stewardship. The Cadet Program is committed to offering all the City's youth access to pathways that can lead to a brighter future and equipping participants with the tools necessary to assume leadership positions in whatever path they choose in life.

Event parking will be available at the parking structure located at 631 West Jefferson Boulevard, just west of the Shrine Auditorium.

For more information about this special event, please contact the LAPD Youth Programs Unit at (213) 486-6090. You can also visit their website at or follow on Twitter at @LAPD_Cadets.