Inaugural class is more than 50% female, making new strides toward the Mayor’s diversity goals for the LAPD
LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti today welcomed the inaugural class of Pledge to Patrol, an initiative he created to foster increased diversity in law enforcement and help more young Angelenos prepare for careers in the Los Angeles Police Department.
First announced in the Mayor’s 2017 State of the City address — and also known as the Associate Community Officer Program (A-COP) — Pledge to Patrol offers training and paid civilian employment to young people who have participated in LAPD youth programs and are interested in joining the force when they become eligible at age 21. The initial class is more than 50% female, representing 22 communities across L.A. County.
“We’re building stronger bridges between the classroom and the roll call room, and I am thrilled to see such a diverse inaugural class for Pledge to Patrol,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This program offers a path to LAPD careers for some of our most promising young people, and gives more Angelenos an opportunity to serve the communities they know.”
The Mayor’s Innovation Team (i-Team), a partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, designed Pledge to Patrol in cooperation with the LAPD and the City’s Personnel Department. Mayor Garcetti and LAPD Chief Beck spoke to the first 28 members of the program today, as part of orientation exercises at LAPD headquarters.
“Pledge to Patrol is designed to identify, retain, and train the next generation of LAPD officers, who are committed to the core values of the Department and to creating safe and healthy communities in Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck. “Through A-COP we are able to spot the best and brightest young men and women who exemplify excellence and portray the diversity that makes this city great.”
Pledge to Patrol is one of several initiatives that Mayor Garcetti has created or strengthened to open new doors to education, job training, and employment for young people across Los Angeles — including the L.A. College Promise, HIRE LA’s Youth, and the Los Angeles Tech Talent Pipeline.
About Mayor Garcetti’s Innovation Team (i-team)
Now working in more than 20 cities across four countries, the Innovation Teams Program helps cities solve problems in new ways to deliver better results for residents. Bloomberg Philanthropies awards cities multi-year grants to create in-house innovation teams, or “i-teams,” which offer cities a different set of tools and techniques to innovate more effectively and tackle critical challenges — from reducing violent crime to revitalizing neighborhoods to strengthening the growth of small businesses. Reporting to the Mayor or City Manager, i-teams work closely with residents and city staff to design solutions with clear goals and rigorously measure progress. By establishing i-teams, city leaders are creating the space for staff to step away from their daily work in order to rethink seemingly intractable problems, capitalize on new opportunities, reimagine outcomes, and change the culture of City Hall.
For more information on the Mayor’s Innovation Team and its initiatives, please follow @LAInnovates on Twitter or visit their website at www.losangelesinnovates.com.
For a photo of Mayor Garcetti and the inaugural Pledge to Patrol class, please click here.