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Sheriff Alex Villanueva Presided Over Graduation Ceremonies of Deputy Academy Class 434


Sheriff Alex Villanueva Presided Over Graduation Ceremonies of Deputy Academy Class 434"

On Friday February 8, 2019, a total of 70 polished recruits lined up at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, 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 434 is made up of 15 female and 55 male graduates.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva presided over the graduation ceremony, and delivered encouraging remarks to their guests.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva was joined on stage by Chief George Mueller, California Department of Insurance and Chief Carl Povilaitis, Glendale Police Department, in presenting the graduates with their Peace Officer Standards and Training certificates. The graduates were then officially sworn in as California peace officers.

In a special segment of the ceremony, Clay Bick was named as the class Honor Recruit. This award is earned by the recruit who achieved the highest numerical average based upon leadership qualities, academics, marksmanship, and physical performance throughout the training period. Marquis Garibay was named the Academic Recruit. This award is earned by the recruit who achieved the highest academic scores.

Each class of recruits processed through the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department College of the Canyons Training Academy, brings together a collection of unique aspects, qualities and experiences. Academy Class 434 claims a vastly international collection of backgrounds, reflective of the vast array of cultures found within Los Angeles County.

Of the 70 graduating recruits, 4 were born outside the United States in the countries of Canada, Guatemala, Pakistan and Germany; 6 recruits lived abroad in the countries of Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Israel, Pakistan, Russia; and 40 recruits speak a language in addition to English, including Armenian, Hebrew, Pashto, Spanish.

We give a special thanks to the 11 graduates who carry on a proud family tradition of serving in law enforcement with our agency, Banning PD, CHP, CDCR, Glendale PD, LAPD and San Diego PD.

In addition to the social enrichment and mindfulness they bring to enhance our agency, 16 graduates also carry a substantial source of education with them, having earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.

We proudly recognize the 20 graduates who served in the military branches of the Army, Israeli Military, Marine Corps, as well as the 11 graduates with previous experience at other law enforcement agencies.

Congratulations Academy Class 434!

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