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LAPD's Image

February 02, 1992

The subhead (Jan. 21) to staff writer Richard A. Serrano's article concerning the Los Angeles Police Academy post-Watts riot graduating class of recruits of 1965 declares "The academy's graduates in 1965 had to rebuild the department's image after the Watts riots."

I was the commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Academy from 1962 to mid-1966. The graduating recruits were under no obligation to rebuild the department's image since we did not believe it had been tarnished.

SID BARTH

Commander, LAPD, (Ret.)

Rolling Hills Estates

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