Sheriff Alex Villanueva presided over Academy Graduation Class 437

Sheriff Alex Villanueva presided over Academy Graduation Class 437

On Thursday July 11, 2019, a total of 67 polished recruits lined up at the East Los Angeles College Ingalls Auditorium, 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 437 is made up of 9 female and 58 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 Carlos Povilaitis, Glendale Police Department; Chief Steven Zipperman, and Los Angeles School 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, Alberto Portillo Jr.  LASD 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.  Matthew J. Hernandez and Dannielle Wolff LASD 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 437 claims a vastly international collection of backgrounds, reflective of the vast array of cultures found within Los Angeles County. 

Of the 67 graduating recruits, 4 were born outside the United States in the countries of India, South Korea, Mexico, and China; 14 recruits lived abroad in the countries of Japan, Israel, Spain, Guatemala, England, Mexico, Canada, India, South Korea, and China; and 36 recruits speak a language in addition to Spanish, Armenian, Korean, Chinese, and Malayalam.

We give a special thanks to the 15 graduates who carry on a proud family tradition of serving in law enforcement with our agency, (LASD, LAPD, NYPD, LAX Airport Police, El Monte PD, Parma PD (Ohio), LA County Probation, and Berkeley PD.
In addition to the social enrichment and mindfulness they bring to enhance our agency, 24 graduates also carry a substantial source of education with them, having earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.
We proudly recognize the 16 graduates who served in the military branches of the US Marine Corps, US Army, US Coast Guard, US Navy, as well as the 11 graduates with previous experience at other law enforcement agencies.
Congratulations Academy Class 437!