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LAPD cadet program aims to give teens, communities a brighter future
LAPD cadet program aims to give teens, communities a brighter future

Let's say you were to approach a teenager in greater Los Angeles and offer this deal: How would you like to give up your Saturdays for the next 18 weeks, agree to do as you're told without exception, attempt one physical and mental challenge after another, perform long hours of public service and not get a nickel for your time? You wouldn't expect many kids to volunteer, but they do. On Saturday, June 28, I went to the Galen Center at USC and watched 652 LAPD cadets file into the arena in crisp blue uniforms. It was the largest graduating class since the program began in 2007, and the cadets got a standing ovation from a crowd of several thousand. The cadets, ages 14...

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