LAPD to Suspend Cadet Programs at Stations where Cruisers were Stolen

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says he has suspended training for cadets at the two stations where the three cadets accused of stealing cruisers are based.

LAPD public information director Josh Rubenstein says two of the accused cadets were assigned to the 77th Street Division and  the third was at the Pacific Division.

The teens, ranging in age from 15 to 17 were not identified, but are not only accused of stealing the cruisers they are believed to have also stolen equipment and posed as sworn officers.

Since the three were arrested, the cadet program is being put under observation.

Both station captains now have to meet one on one with every cadet "regarding the severity and seriousness of the recent incidents" and to have a refresher on ethics.

There are about 2,300 cadets aged 13 to 20 enrolled in these programs and the LAPD is looking to see if other cadets were involved in the thefts.

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