Welcome, New Officers
On July 3, following a graduation ceremony held at the Los Angeles Police Academy, Airport Police Assistant Chief Dan Llorens swore-in three new Airport Police Officers. They are Officers Jesse Amezcua, Ashley Arranga and Nikko Valdenor.
Family and friends proudly watched as LAPD Academy Class 1/19 received their diplomas. Among the 40 overall graduates from the LAPD and Port Police were three Airport Police Officers. Officer Jesse Amezcua is a liberal arts/political science major at Los Angeles Harbor College and former personal trainer. Officer Ashley Arranga, who was elected academy class treasurer, holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Cal State Long Beach. Officer Arranga is no stranger to LAX or to a life of serving others, having volunteered at the LAX USO for several years. Rounding out the Airport Police graduates is Officer Nikko Valdenor, a Cal State Long Beach graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal science. Officer Nikko Valdenor will join his father, Airport Police veteran Officer Percival Valdenor, in protecting the gateway to Los Angeles, LAX.
Before swearing-in the new Airport Police Officers, Assistant Chief Dan Llorens spoke to the graduates and said, “You join Airport Police at a very unique time in history. There are many construction and innovation projects under way, and LAX is moving rapidly into the future.
“There are many opportunities waiting for you, and the sky is the limit. Welcome to the Airport Police family.”
The three new Officers will now begin a six-month field training program specific to aviation law enforcement under the guidance of a Field Training Officer. Upon completion, they will be assigned to the Patrol Services Section.
Congratulations, Officers Amezcua, Arranga and Valdenor!