WESTCHESTER, Calif. (KTLA) — Students across L.A. are getting a chance of a lifetime as they participate in a new leadership program led by the LAPD.
It’s called the Police Orientation and Preparation Program, or POPP.
The two-year program is a joint effort by the LAPD, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the L.A. Community College District.
It allows high school seniors to earn their diplomas and work toward a college associate’s degree as they prepare for a career in law enforcement.
Community college students in the program position themselves to enter the LAPD’s training academy when they graduate.
The program has been going for four and a half years, and there are already some success stories.
Two graduates have finished training at the LAPD’s police academy and are now on the job.
Four other graduates who are under the mandatory minimum age for the department’s police academy have gone to work for other police departments.
For more information on POPP, visit: http://www.poppartc.com/.