Staff Blog

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

Back to Work

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While watching the Super Bowl last night, a friend lamented to me his inevitable return to work on Monday. “I’m just bummed,” he said, and it had nothing to do with the 49ers scoring another improbable second-half touchdown. “I don’t … Continue reading