Three Korean Graduates of the LAPD

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Graduation Ceremony Representing the first class of LAPD’s 140th Anniversary Year.

Ceremony: Friday, Jan. 30, 2009
Los Angeles Police Academy Athletic Field
1880 North Academy Drive
Elysian Park, Calif. 90012

Chief of Police William J. Bratton
Representatives from the LAPD Board of Commissioners and Mayor’s Office
LAPD Command Staff and their Special Guests

Graduating officers completed 912 hours of training over the course of 24 weeks. Total graduates in the class number 53, with 44 males and 9 females. The ethnic breakdown of the class is as follows: 10 Caucasians, 31 Hispanics, 4 African Americans, 1 Chinese, 3 Koreans, 2 Japanese, 1 Filipino and 1 Armenian. Two of the graduates are Los Angeles World Airport police officers.

Jina Rhim (임지나), female and 23 years old, is a second-generation Korean American who graduated from Walnut High School and majored in criminology at UC Irvine.

Jinseok Oh (오진석), male and 26 years old, moved to the United States with his family at the age of 13. He is considered of the 1.5 generation, meaning he is aware of Korean men’s notorious way of treating Vietnamese women. He is a graduate of La Mirada High School and majored in criminology in Cal State Long Beach. He starts working from Central Division in downtown L.A. on February 2nd.

Michael Park (박종화), 28 years old, is the son of 박형규(48), a police officer in South Korea. He graduated from Cal State – Dominguez Hills with a degree in health science. He starts training at Southwest Division on February 1st.