*VIDEO* Sheriff Presides over Academy Graduation  for Newest LASD Deputies

*VIDEO* Sheriff Presides over Academy Graduation for Newest LASD Deputies


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Sheriff Jim McDonnell Presides Over Graduation Ceremonies of 
Deputy Academy Class 429

On Friday, July 6, 2018, a total of 82 polished recruits lined up on the grinder of the Eugene W. Biscailuz Regional Training Center in East Los Angeles, in what would be their final platoon formation as academy classmates. After 22 weeks of rigorous academy training, the recruits pressed through an equally intense and meticulous formal class inspection by law enforcement executives just before the ceremony. 

The ceremony was a formal transformation of academy recruits into sworn peace officers. Academy Class 429 is made up of ten female and 69 male deputy sheriffs, and three male police officers from the Covina, El Segundo and Glendale Police Departments. 

Sheriff Jim McDonnell presided over the graduation ceremonies, and delivered encouraging remarks to the graduates and their guests. 

Sheriff McDonnell was joined on stage by Glendale Police Chief Povilaitis, El Segundo Police Captain Carlos Mendoza and Covina Police Captain Dave Povero in presenting the graduates with their Peace Officer Standards and Training certificates, before officially swearing them in as California peace officers.

In a special segment of the ceremony, Deputy Joe Magana, was named as the class Honor Recruit. This award is earned by the recruit who achieves the highest numerical average based upon leadership qualities, academics, marksmanship, and physical performance throughout the training period. Deputy Edgar Villareal, was named the Academic Recruit for earning the highest academic scores.

Each class of recruits processed through the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Biscailuz Center Training Academy brings together a collection of unique aspects, qualities and experiences. Academy Class 429 claims a vastly international collection of backgrounds, reflective of the vast array of cultures found within Los Angeles County. Of the 82 graduating recruits, ten were born outside the United States in the countries of Argentina, El Salvador, Japan, Mexico, and the Philippines; nine recruits lived abroad in the countries of Argentina, Italy, Japan, the Philippines, and Mexico; and 45 speak a language other than English, including American and Spanish sign language, Hebrew, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Turkish.

In addition to the social enrichment and mindfulness these graduates bring to enhance our agency, they also carry a substantial source of education with them, with 23 holding a bachelor’s degree or higher in Accounting, Business Administration, Biology, Broadcast Journalism, Business Management, Communications, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Cybersecurity, English, , Ethics, Finance, Forensic Psychology, Health Science, Human Services, Kinesiology and Nutrition Science, Management, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Sociology with Criminology Options, Public Policy, Public Relations, Sociology, Sociology of Law and Society, Spanish, Sports Medicine, 

We proudly recognize the 12 recruits who served in the military branches of the United States Army National Guard, United States United States Marine Corps, and the United States Navy, as well as the 15 recruits with previous experience at other law enforcement agencies. 

We give a special thanks to the 15 recruits who carry on a proud family tradition of serving in law enforcement with our agency, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, as well as the California Highway Patrol, Los Angeles County Probation Department, Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, and the Culver City, La Verne, Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airport, Manchester, Middletown, and New York Police Departments. 

Congratulations Academy Class 429!

Jim McDonnell, Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department