Police Commissioner Calls for Inspector General to Investigate LAPD’s Troubled Cadet Program

The president of the civilian panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department said he will direct the LAPD’s watchdog to review its cadet program, the latest inquiry stemming from a series of disturbing allegations involving the long-championed youth program.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck gives keynote speech at the graduation ceremony of the department’s cadets at USC’s Galen Center on June 24, 2017. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Matt Johnson, the head of the Police Commission, said he would ask Inspector General Alex Bustamante to look into how the LAPD recruits and supervises its teenage cadets, as well as how the department oversees the program in general.

The goal, Johnson said, is to “ensure that this incident is an exception and not a systematic failure.”

He was referring to the recent arrest of a 31-year-old officer accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old cadet, allegations that surfaced after seven teenage cadets were arrested on suspicion of stealing police cars and other equipment.

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