CONTACT: Sgt. Karla I. Ortiz
SIXTEEN LOS ANGELES AIRPORT POLICE CADETS GRADUATED FROM THE LOS ANGELES POLICE CADET CLASS 7-14
(Los Angeles, California – November 25, 2014) Sixteen Los Angeles Airport Police (APD) cadets were among the record number of graduates from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Cadet Leadership Program, Class 7-14. Class 7-14 was the largest in history of the program, graduating over 730 youth cadets.
The voluntary 18-week Cadet Leadership Program, designed for youths ages 13 to 20, with a minimum of 2.0 grade point average in school, was created by LAPD to develop character qualities such as strong leadership, discipline, academic excellence and life-skills. Furthermore, during the academy cadets receive instruction in leadership, law enforcement principles, conflict resolution, physical fitness, life-skills, cultural diversity, financial literacy and gang/narcotics prevention. During graduation, youth cadets are also recognized for their accomplishments with medals and awards. College-bound seniors may also receive scholarship funds.
Among the sixteen Airport Police Youth Cadets, Cadet Jaylon Johnson received a medal for “Most Inspirational Cadet.” He was nominated by his platoon. Also, last year’s cadet graduate Matthew Sutton received a scholarship check of $1,000 from the Weingart Foundation to attend University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
The Airport Police Youth Cadet graduates include: Angel Altan, Damaris Hernandez, Jaylon Johnson, Anel Leon, Anel, Isaiah Lewis, Frank Lopez, Mariaun Malone, Channing McGee, Ryan Oneal, Georgina Perez, Thomas-Allan Perez, Nasori Roberson, Dallas Rolison, Danny Sanchez, Caj Scott Jr., and Haleem Summerville.
Airport Police Youth Service Officers Ericka Holliday and William Lara were also part of the graduation as Academy Class Leaders for Platoon10 and Platoon 22, respectively.
Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick M. Gannon, Assistant Chief Brian Walker, Captain Gregg Starr, Officer Johnny Youngblood and Officer Kenneth Wroten attended the graduation and congratulated the cadets on this great achievement.
Chief Gannon said, “I am proud to welcome these 16 cadets to the Airport Police family. I know these young men and women will have a bright future and I look forward to learning of their accomplishments.”
The graduation ceremony took place at the University of Southern California (USC) Galen Center, courtesy of USC President Dr. C. L. Max Nikias.
For those interested in applying, they may go online to laxyouthcadets.com or by phone at 424-646-9050.
Photograph Courtesy of APD Officer Kenneth Wroten
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