Sheriff Alex Villanueva Presides Over Graduation Ceremonies of Deputy Academy Class #447
On Thursday April 23, 2020, a total of the 72 polished recruits lined up at STARS Center, in what would be their final platoon formation as academy classmates.
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 55 male graduates and their guest.
Sheriff Alex Villanueva was joined on stage by Captain David Povero, Covina Police Department; Chief Carl Povilaitis, Glendale Police Department in presenting the 72 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, Joseph Gonzalez, 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. Christina Natividad, was honored as Academic Recruit. This award is earned by the recruit who achieved the highest academic scores.
Academy Class #447 is a largely international collection of backgrounds, reflective of the vast array of cultures found within Los Angeles County. Of the 72 graduating recruits, 2 were born outside the United States in the countries of Mexico and Nicaragua; 4 recruits lived abroad in the countries of Mexico, Nicaragua, and the Philippines; and 38 recruits speak a language other than English, including Armenian Sign Language, Armenian, Korean, and Spanish.
These graduates bring with them a large source of higher education (30), service experience in the armed forces (10), and backgrounds in law enforcement (9), and many come from families with a tradition of serving in law enforcement (18).