Friday, March 02, 2007

Congratulations, Graduates

Los Angeles, CA

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.

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.
Congratulations, folks. Ya done good.

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.


JD Rhoades said...

Unfortunately, things that happen slowly, no matter how momentous, don't seem to worry anyone.

ex-Hollywood Liberal said...

LA cops know the reality... they wait hours to book suspects, spend hours writing redundant reports, and spin their wheels while an overburdened court system and prosecutors facilitate early release and look for pretexts to dismiss good cases. Baca releases these vermin within days because of overcrowding... You say that things happen slowly... well, all of these issues existed when I joined the LAPD in 1980 and they are worse, not better. There's a huge difference between slow progress and retrograde...