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News Release

Friday, December 14, 2018

Media Relations

LAPD Cadet Leadership Academy Graduation Ceremony NA18241ti

Cadet Leadership Academy Graduation

Saturday, December 15, 2018
10 a.m.

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

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles Police Commission Representatives
LAPD Chief of Police Michel R. Moore
LAPD Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, Director, Office of Special Operations
LAPD Commander Gerald Woodyard, Commanding Officer,
Community Engagement Group
LAPD Command Staff
University of Southern California Department of Public Safety
Los Angeles World Airports Police Department
Loyola Marymount University Department of Public Safety
Representatives from The Ray Charles Foundation
Coach Byron Scott, Keynote Speaker
Over 390 Cadet Leadership Academy graduates, their family members and friends

Over 390 graduates will be honored at this ceremony which celebrates each graduate's successful completion of the 15-week Cadet Leadership Academy, considered the preparatory phase in the LAPD Cadet journey. The 15-week training program is comprised of 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 approximately 1,500 cadets Citywide who have made the choice to achieve their dreams and apply the lessons they have learned. Additionally, the ceremony will recognize over 100 parents and guardians of cadets who completed the concurrent 7-week Parent Academy.

The Cadet Program is a community-based crime prevention program developed to empower young people 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 community members access to pathways that can lead to a brighter future and equipping youth participants with the tools necessary to assume leadership positions in whatever path they choose in life.

Event parking is free and will be available at the multi-level parking structure located at 3569 South Flower Street, just south of the Galen Center.

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.