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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 061714
Long Beach Police Department Academy Class No. 87 Begins
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The Long Beach Police Department has started its second academy in two years, and is also currently recruiting its next academy.

"We are very pleased that Long Beach is experiencing the lowest number of violent crimes in 41 years, and these recruits will help us continue to be a safe and vibrant city," Mayor Bob Foster said. “I encourage the public to join me in thanking these recruits for their commitment to public safety throughout our community.”

Mayor Foster and the City Council included the funding of the current academy – Class No. 87 – in the FY 2014 budget.

“It is exciting to have new police officers to serve our community,” said Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell.  “These recruits will endure rigorous academic and physical training as they prepare to become proficient Police Officers.  I look forward to watching them join the ranks of the dedicated men and women of the Long Beach Police Department.”

A total of 35 Long Beach recruits have begun academy training. In addition, three recruits hired by the City of Modesto Police Department and three recruits hired by the City of Gardena Police Department are participating in this class. The 27-week course will challenge recruits mentally and physically as they are instructed in many facets of law enforcement including criminal law, investigations, drivers training, report writing, policies, procedures, cultural sensitivity and awareness.

Class No. 86 started in May 2013 and graduated Long Beach 40 Police Officers in December 2013. Class No. 86 continues 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 Long Beach Police Department Academy Class No. 87 will graduate in December 2014.  The current recruitment period ends on June 27, 2014, with an academy expected to start later in the year. For more information about this rewarding career opportunity, visit