The Long Beach Police Department has started its third academy class in two years, and is currently recruiting its next academy.
"I'm very proud of this new class of recruits, and grateful that we are able to put more police on the street," said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I have every confidence that these men and women will do an outstanding job of keeping our city and our residents safe.”
The City Council included the funding of the current academy – Class No. 88 – in the FY 2015 budget.
"We are pleased the new academy class is under way,” said Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna. “These men and women have begun a process that will prepare them for a rewarding career in serving our community and make Long Beach a safer place for all people.”
A total of 45 Long Beach Recruits have begun academy training. In addition, 3 recruits hired by the City of Gardena Police Department are participating in this class. The 27 ½-week course will challenge recruits mentally and physically as they are instructed in the many facets of law enforcement including criminal law, investigations, driver’s training, report writing, policies, procedures, cultural sensitivity and awareness, human relations, problem solving and mediation skills.
Academy Class No. 88 will graduate in November 2015, and then continue their development as officers in the Field Training Program, which consists of working one year with a Field Training Officer. The Field Training Officers rigorously observe and report on the progress of each new officer, ensuring they are ready to deploy and function as responsible peace officers on their own.
The City of Long Beach is currently accepting applications for Police Recruit. For more information about this rewarding career opportunity, visit www.longbeach.gov/police