Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is scheduled to discuss the department’s cadet program in the wake of the arrest of an officer who allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old female cadet who’s accused of being involved in the theft of three squad cars.
The news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m.
The LAPD is reviewing the youth program after the arrests of seven cadets for their alleged involvement in the squad car thefts. Two of the vehicles were involved in high-speed pursuits June 14 that ended in crashes.
About a week later, Officer Robert Cain, 31, was arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of the seven accused cadets. Cain was charged with felony charges of unlawful sex with a minor and 10 felony weapons crimes, including the illegal possession and manufacturing of assault rifles, according to a LAPD news release.
As for the cadet program, it was suspended at two divisions. The stolen vehicles were taken from the 77th Street Division and the Central Division.
No other sworn officers or other cadets have been implicated in the cadet program scandal but an investigation continues.
The LAPD has called the program an integral part of its community policing strategy.