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Chief Bratton graduates last LAPD class

October 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Chief William Bratton has graduated his last recruit class as head of the Los Angeles Police Department.Fifty-three new officers graduated from the academy Friday, at a ceremony in Elysian Park.

The new officers include 45 men and 8 women.

Ethnically, the class breaks down to 27 Hispanics, 16 Caucasians, 5 African Americans, 1 Filipino and 4 other Asians.

The graduates have completed 920 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks.

Bratton has announced he will resign at the end of October and take a position in the private sector.

He has served as the chief of police since 2002, significantly reducing key crime rates in the city.

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