On Friday March 13, 2020, a
total of the 81 polished recruits lined up at the STARS Center Gymnasium, 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. Sheriff Alex Villanueva presided over the graduation ceremony, and delivered encouraging remarks to the 17 female and 64 male graduates and their guests.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva was joined on stage by Chief George Mueller, California Department of Insurance; Assistant Chief Ronald Iizuka, Culver City Police Department; Chief Mark Fronterotta, Inglewood Police Department; Deputy Chief Timothy Anderson, Los Angeles School Police Department; Region 7 Manager Matthew O’Deane, California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, in presenting the 81 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, Nathaniel T. Hocking, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, 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. Michael Guzman, California Department of Insurance, was honored as 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 STARS Center Training Academy, brings together a collection of unique aspects, qualities and experiences. Academy Class #445 is a largely international collection of backgrounds, reflective of the vast array of cultures found within Los Angeles County. Of the 81 graduating recruits, 10 were born outside the United States in the countries of Guatemala, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, and Serbia; 9 recruits lived abroad in the countries of Germany, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Japan, New Zealand (33 years), Peru (34 years), and Serbia (26 years); and 50 recruits speak a language other than English, including Arabic, Bosnian, Croatian, Hindi, Gujarati, Serbian, and Spanish.
These graduates bring with them a large source of higher education (32), service experience in the armed forces (12), and backgrounds in law enforcement (10), and many come from families with a tradition of serving in law enforcement (28).
Congratulations Academy Class 445!