Crime LAPD suspends some cadet programs after teens stole cruisers

20:17  19 june  2017
20:17  19 june  2017 Source:   Associated Press

LAPD cadets led chases in stolen cruisers, chief says

  LAPD cadets led chases in stolen cruisers, chief says <p>The Los Angeles Police Department has long hailed its cadet program as a successful partnership between police and the city's young residents. The initiative is designed to help cadets develop life-building skills, bond with officers and volunteer at events such as Dodgers games and the L.A. Marathon.</p>But on Wednesday night, three of those teenagers crossed paths with city police officers in a way that LAPD officials surely never imagined would happen — when they became suspects.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has suspended training for teen police volunteers at two divisions where cadets suspected of stealing department cruisers were based. The LAPD said Sunday that the suspensions are part of a thorough review of the program

After the crashes involving two police cruisers Wednesday night, a third LAPD vehicle that may have been Posted in Crime | Tagged cadet programs , cruisers , LAPD , stations, stolen , suspended , teens . Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 83F.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck comments on stolen police cars during a news conference in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017. Beck says teenage police cadets stole three patrol cars and led officers on wild chases through the city. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo) © The Associated Press Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck comments on stolen police cars during a news conference in Los Angeles, Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017. Beck says teenage police cadets stole three patrol cars and led officers on wild chases through the city. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has suspended training for teen police volunteers at two divisions where cadets suspected of stealing department cruisers were based.

The LAPD said Sunday that the suspensions are part of a thorough review of the program and policies for managing inventory.

Three teenagers in the program for those who may want to become officers stole three patrol vehicles June 14. The trio led officers on wild pursuits that ended with crashes.

Beck said two boys and a girl ages 15, 16 and 17 used a vacationing sergeant's name to take the cars from a stationhouse parking lot. Police are investigating whether they impersonated officers and pulled over drivers.

Two of the cadets were assigned to the 77th Street Division, and the third to the Pacific Division.

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