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LAPD hiring Asian Americans

Police Chief William J. Bratton (at podium) presents Terry S. Hara, highest ranking officer of API descent at LAPD, in connection with the latter's promotion as Deputy Chief last February. To Bratton's left is David R. Gee, president of the Chinatown Public Safety Association, while seated is Mrs. Hara.

LOS ANGELES -- Looking for a great career opportunity that pays a starting salary of over $56,000 – not to mention additional incentives for college education and bilingual bonuses – and largely immune to retrenchment even in these tough economic times? .

This year the Los Angeles Police Department
will hire about a thousand men and women to protect and serve the second largest city in the United States. Additionally, it is looking to recruit more Asian Pacific Islander Americans (API).

Officer Bruce Borihanh of the Recruitment and Employment Division, they are striving to reach a goal of increasing API representation in the department. This is because of the many cultural boundaries that still hinder the acceptance and understanding of the career opportunities that LAPD has to offer. For this reason they are conducting a semi-annual Asian and Pacific Islander Career Seminar.

Those who think that this might be an excellent career path are cordially invited to come meet Asian and Pacific Islander LAPD officers, recruiters and mentors at the Personnel Department on February 7. This recruitment seminar from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm will provide valuable information about various career paths. They will also hear first hand accounts of life on the job and the honor and rewards that come with a career in public safety. Family members are encouraged to attend.

Eligible individuals will also be able to take the LAPD written exam at 11:00 am. For more information, visit or call (866) 444-LAPD. Officer Borihanh can be reached by email or at 700 East Temple Street #B38, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Tel. (213) 473-3463 / Fax. (213)485-3950.

Dionesio C. Grava - Part-time community journalist based in Los Angeles and editorial writer at Forum Asia.

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