Story courtesy Officer Rob Pedregon, Airport Police
Photo by CSI Officer Darrius Lewis, Airport Police
In a graduation ceremony held at the LAPD Academy in Elysian Park, 36 members of LAPD Class 3-18 took thier oath as Police Officers, including two Los Angeles Airport Police Officers.
Officer Jonathan Maldonado, a nine year Air Force veteran, proudly represented the Airport Police as a member of the color guard for class 3-18. Officer Osman Mendez a native of Los Angeles, graduated from Sterling College with a Bachelor of arts degree in exercise science. Officer Maldonado and Officer Mendez were surrounded by family and friends as Chief of Airport Police David L. Maggard Jr. swore them in as Airport Police officers.
“This is a proud day for you and your families, but it’s not the end of your journey. It’s the first step in a proud tradition of a rewarding career in public service, and I congratulate you,” Chief Maggard said.
The two new Airport Police Officers will now begin a six-month field training program specific to aviation law enforcement under the guidance of a field-training officer.
Congratulations, Officers Maldonado and Mendez!