The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department graduated 43 deputies on Friday at College of the Canyons.
The ceremony began with the newly appointed deputies marching in formation as family, friends and Sheriff’s Department officials looked on. After a formal inspection, the crowd shuffled into the Performing Arts Center where they were officially presented with certificates of graduation, and their badges were pinned on them for the very first time.
Of the 43 Deputies who graduated with class 351 Friday, 13 of them were veterans of the military, and two former marines were involved in supporting the operation that rescued Jessica Lynch in Iraq.
10 graduates were also recognized for having family in law enforcement.
Class 351 was composed mostly of Sheriff’s Deputies; however one Simi Valley cadet, one Culver City cadet and two Burbank Police cadets also graduated.
Special guest presenters included Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and Santa Clarita City Councilman Bob Kellar.
College of the Canyons serves as a training ground not just for the Sheriff’s Department. EMT and nursing training are immensely popular, and the Department of Homeland Security will begin training on campus soon.
The capacity to train such professionals may be in jeopardy as the college struggles to find funds to accommodate these programs. Measure M, on the ballot next month, would provide the funds needed to continue all of the current programs if approved, and possibly add more, according to the school.
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