Young man dreams of becoming an LAPD Officer. Now he is one.

Then and now: Francisco Duarte and his mom with then-Chief Bernard Parks; and again with his mom at the LAPD graduation with Commanding Officer Alex Vargas.

A Dream Fulfilled

Story and photos courtesy LAPD/Commander Alex Vargas

Some 25 years ago, a young Francisco Duarte met and told then-Chief Bernard Parks that Francisco’s dream was to become an LAPD Officer.

On Aug. 25, Francisco’s dream became a reality with his graduation from the Los Angeles Police Academy.

Congratulations and welcome to the LAPD family, Officer Duarte