Today, the LAPD is gaining 44 new graduates from the police academy.
First Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell will preside over tomorrow’s graduation of 39 men and 5 women from the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park. The officers have completed 1,035 hours of instruction and practical application, and they will spend the remaining ten months completing their training in the field at one of the nineteen police stations.Congratulations, folks. Ya done good.
Among the graduates were 11 Caucasians, 23 Hispanics, 2 African Americans, 2 Filipinos, and one Korean. The class also graduated two officers for the Department of Generals Services, which provides security for city facilities.
This is a small glimmer of positive news in light of the fact that L.A. will be losing 255 veteran officers to deferred retirement this year.
And that's what leads me to the disturbing part.
I heard about this on KPCC this morning at 6am. The only online reference I could find to it was at the LAPD's official online site, as a news release. Nothing at the Daily News or the L.A. Times, so far as I can tell. LAPDBlog? Nope. The L.A. Police Protective League Surely, they would want to congratulate... Huh. Guess not.
I've been seeing the stories bouncing around about the loss of senior officers. Don't get me wrong, this is a serious problem, and it needed to be addressed more vigorously a long time ago.
Yes, I know this isn't big news and it isn't sensational news. But it is good news. But then, that doesn't make good copy.