Sabato, 20 Aprile, 2019

Teen Cadets Stole Two Patrol Cars — LAPD Chief

Mathew Alonzo Taylor Mathew Alonzo Taylor
Parmenio Sano | 18 Giugno, 2017, 00:52

The initiative is created to help cadets develop life-building skills, bond with officers and volunteer at events such as Dodgers games and the L.A. Marathon.

The LAPD noticed that two of their patrol cars were missing from the lot on Wednesday night.

Two of the cars had been driving next to one another in South LA, when an officer tried to pull them aside.

"I have conducted a top-to-bottom review of our cadet program", he said. Beck said the cadet program has more than 2,300 active participants.

"The cadets were sophisticated enough to sign these cars out ... not in their own names, but in the names of police officers who had a right and a responsibility to use these cars", Beck said.

The two boys and one girl, aged 15, 16 and 17, apparently "gamed the system".

Three teens were eventually caught and detained. The source, who spoke anonymously, continued by saying that promotional material has since been taken down.

At about 9:35 p.m., a patrol officer spotted both vehicles together and two separate chases ensued. "The vast majority of these young people come from hard neighborhoods, and have taken to the Los Angeles Police Department as not only mentors, but as a way to improve their education and increase their opportunities", said Beck.

The stolen cars separated at some point, resulting in two chases that both ended in vehicle wrecks. The first vehicle crashed in the area of 77th and San Pedro streets, while a second one ended in a crash at Central Avenue and Adams Boulevard, Beck said. The cadets may have also been impersonating police officers after stealing the vehicles, he added. No officers were injured, Beck said.

In addition to the three vehicles, police also recovered two Tasers, two police radios and a bulletproof vest, he said.


All of the vehicles were taken from 77th Division Station in South Los Angeles, and the vehicle that was discovered parked on a street was around the corner from the station, Beck said.

After a auto went missing, the police still took weeks to notice that the vehicle had been stolen.

They were not identified because they are minors.

One of the stolen cruisers after it'd crashed.

Authorities are still trying to figure out exactly when the cars were taken, but Beck said investigators were looking into the possibility that at least one of the vehicles had been missing since 28 May.

LAPD brass has long pointed to the cadet program as a success story. Thousands of young people between 13 and 20 have participated over the years. From there police tracked them down. Currently, about 2,300 cadets are enrolled.

The youngsters were part of a programme for volunteers who work in police stations and go through an academy to learn about the criminal justice system.

The program isn't limited to teens who want to become police officers. They can not have a serious criminal record.

Some officers were concerned that news of the thefts would taint what is otherwise a productive program.

He went on to say the LAPD is proud of their cadets and that he doesn't want the actions of three cadets in question to negatively reflect on the other cadets.

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