Staff Blog

POPP Writeup in Psychology Today

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Please read…comment…share…really nice and accurate article about POPP. WE are very proud of what we are doing in the program and glad to share it with you and hopefully you will pass it on to others. There is also space … Continue reading

Good News – 2014

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POPP Senior Class 2014 This spring semester marked the inaugural offering of college-level math and English courses as part of the new revised POPP course schedule. Starting with the fall 2013 semester, instructional support was increased from eight to 12 … Continue reading

Spring 2013 Academic Achievement Report

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POPP started 2012-13 with 112 students, 56 in each class, and ended the academic year with 92. 20 students left the program throughout the year for the following reasons: graduated after completing the fall semester; personal reasons; medical leave; academic … Continue reading

May 2013 Guest Speaker Report

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During the past semester POPP has hosted the following special guests who have taken time from their busy schedules to come a share their knowledge and experiences with our cadets: Officers Armando Arenas and David Allaya, members of the Los … Continue reading

Turning teens into police officers

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Roberta Weintraub, a 77-year-old political activist and former president of the L.A. Unified School District Board of Education, has always had a soft spot for the men and women in blue. “It’s a most wonderful career for young people today,” … Continue reading

KTLA’s Lynette Romero Reports on POPP

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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 … Continue reading

A feeder program for the LAPD

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Young people interested in law enforcement careers can get a head start in a program sponsored by the Police Department and Los Angeles Unified School and College districts. By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times The subject of the morning class … Continue reading

Law Enforcement: A Path Into the Middle Class

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For high school students from lower-income families who are weighing opportunities for a better future, finding an entry-point into the middle class is becoming harder each year. It’s a social stratosphere that is decreasing almost as fast as the population … Continue reading

Fall 2012 Academic Achievement Report

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POPP started the fall 2012 semester with 113 students; 57 in Fall I and 56 in Fall II. We admitted 73 new students and welcomed back 40 returning students. FALL I CLASS The Fall I class consisted of 31 high … Continue reading

Educating POPP Students – the intersection between college professors and POPP tutors

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Last week, I was having a conversation with Jeff Burgess, the POPP program coordinator. Jeff is blessed with a unique perspective on the POPP program, because he has been a teacher at both the high school and college levels, and … Continue reading