Academy Class 419, included sixty-six male and eight female deputy sheriffs; thirteen male and one female police officers from Arcadia, Culver City, Downey, Glendale, Glendora and Los Angeles School Police Departments who graduated from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Biscailuz Center Training Academy during ceremonies held on Friday, March 17, 2017.
 
A very special guest appearance at the ceremony today was made by the Honorable Hilda L. Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor for the First District of Los Angeles County. She delivered the keynote address with encouraging and inspirational words to the graduates and guests.
 
“I believe in this Sheriff. I believe in this department and I believe that right now, every day, the men and women who wear the Sheriff’s badge are building a new department brick by brick; building it from the inside out, Supervisor Solis said. I hope that you remember why you decided to enter this noble profession. It was to defend the innocent and make the community a better place to live.”

After receiving their graduation certificates, the recruits were officially sworn in as peace officers for the state of California by Sheriff McDonnell.
 
In a special segment of the ceremony, Officer Sergio Machado, of the Arcadia Police Department, was named Honor Recruit. This award is given to the recruit who achieves the highest numerical average based upon leadership qualities, academics, marksmanship, and physical performance throughout the training period.


 
Deputy Steven Palacio, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, was named Academic Recruit for graduating with 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.  One example of such is, of the 88 graduating recruits from Academy Class 419, eight were born outside the United States in Mexico, South Korea, Kuwait, Ghana, Thailand, Syria, El Salvador and Azerbaijan.  Half of the graduating class (44) speak a language other than English including Arabic, Armenian, Azeri, Cantonese, Fanti, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, TWI and Ukrainian.
 
In addition to the social enrichment and mindfulness which twelve recruits bring to LASD from their experiences of living abroad in the countries of Korea, Mexico, Spain, Kuwait, Egypt, Ghana, Thailand, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, El Salvador, Iraq, Azerbaijan. Twenty-five recruits carry substantial education with Bachelor’s degrees and higher learning in: Criminal Justice, Psychology, Economy, Sociology, Business Management, Criminology, Political Science, History, Maritime Archaeology, Justice Administration, Sociology, Behavior & Spanish Literature, Human Resources Management and Kinesiology.
 
We proudly recognize the sixteen recruits who served in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps as well as the fifteen who have previous experience in law enforcement. We also give a special thanks to the twenty-four who carry on their family members’ tradition in law enforcement.
 
Congratulations Academy Class #419!
 
For questions or information, contact the Sheriff’s Information Bureau at 213-229-1700.
 
Prepared by:
Deputy Don Walker
OAIII Carmen Lopez
Sheriff’s Information Bureau
211 West Temple Street,
Los Angeles, CA  90012
213-229-1700
 
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Jim McDonnell, Sheriff
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