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67 Officers Graduate from L.A. Sheriff's Academy

December 26, 2011  | 

Photo: LASD
Photo: LASD

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has welcomed 53 new deputies to its ranks in a cadet class where females outnumbered males.

The graduating class was made up of 27 female and 26 male deputies. Also, fourteen graduates will serve as officers with the Los Angeles School Police Department and municipal departments in Arcadia, Burbank, Culver City, Glendora, and Torrance.

The officers who graduated from the sheriff's training academy in Whittier were officially sworn during a Dec. 15 ceremony at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles.

A badge-pinning ceremony was part of the graduation, during which the new deputies and officers received their badges from a family member or loved one. After receiving their graduation certificates, the graduates were officially sworn in as peace officers by Sheriff Lee Baca.

Deputy Brittany Moyer of Fontana was named the Honor Recruit for Class 385. This award is given to the recruit who achieves the highest numerical average based on leadership qualities, academics, marksmanship, and physical performance. Burbank Police Officer Julie Oates of Valencia graduated with the highest academic scores.

Tags: Academy Graduations, L.A. County Sheriff, Torrance (Calif.) PD, Burbank (Calif.) PD


Comments (6)

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notmeofficer @ 12/27/2011 6:34 PM

And I started where we only graduated a handful of females.. some deserving .. and some carried because the department wanted female deputies,,,, and when I went to SEB it was all male.. and after I left they took their first female.. (she was qualified..Im told)

Im old school and a dinosaur... I liked working with male deputies and I disliked working with female ones.. and no amount of gender this gender that training will ever change it... I think there are some very qualified female deputies.. but few that gravitate and stay in patrol.. they normally do their 18 mos and go off to some investigative position... the road dog female is a rarity.. I dont think I can ever recall one....

At least there arent any fatties in the academy picture... Im thankful for that... we had a couple that slipped thru and were embarrassing to think that they actually made the same academy I did....

janickols @ 12/27/2011 8:37 PM

Good looking crew of deputies. Agree with writer above, not many females stay in the road dog set. Patrol is tough on everyone especially the women. Shift changes can be a challenge. Egads, Class 385! I went thru Class 99 and knew Lee Baca when he had hair. 48 years ago...yow, gettin' old...

DaveSAM25G @ 12/27/2011 8:57 PM

Good luck and Stay Safe things are picking up no doubt out there and nation-wide! "The most challenging thing involves breaking the boundaries you;ve set for yourself. I strongly believe what an Native veteran told me -Don't allow the negative comments of others deter you; they are words that mean nothing unless you believe them...Choices today will determine where you'll be tomorrow!

John @ 12/28/2011 5:16 AM

The first comment is completely STUPID! There are good and bad females granted, There are also just as many bad male officers too. There are plenty of male so-called "Fatties" that are a disgrace to departments too. If you are going to talk crap, be sure to look at both sides of the fence. Personally, thankfully today is NOT like it used to be!

James @ 12/28/2011 4:38 PM

I agree with John; the first comment is a bunch of B.S. I've served with plenty of males who not only suck at being a street cop, but milk the light duty gravey train and then kiss A-S to get into special assignments. Proportionally there are less female than males in nearly all, if not all departments. With this said I can see where some might think females spend the bare minimun on patrol before going into special assignments. where this might be true it is not universally true.

I served with plenty of high speed female cops and showed up to cover one, who happened to be a second degree black belt, as she was not only holding her own in the fight she was in, but was in the process of kicking the crap out of the male when I arrived.

The only correct thing the person who wrote the first comment was that he's a dinosaur and his reasoning and ideals became extinct a long time ago. It's guys like him who are the reason departments are plauged with sexual harrassment and hostile work environment complaints.

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 12/28/2011 5:35 PM

I guess I may have old fashioned views also. Height and weight and age requirements had to be met. I have always been a big guy, 6'4" and never over 230. Did aikido, wrestling and karate over 30 years, constantly lifted iron and benched 375 at my peak, I guess I just have that macho mindset. Hard for me to accept 5'1" 100 lb'ers, men or women, and it was a very hard transition when I was going through the ranks to even see women in a patrol car. And, did we make sexiest comments and offensive gestures, sure. That's just how things were, in the 60's and 70's.

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