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Twenty-six new police recruits will soon be on patrol in the Bay Area’s third-largest city, following their recent graduation from the Oakland Police Department’s 187th Basic Recruit Academy.

The department welcomed the 26 new officers during an April 29 ceremony at the Scottish Rite Center.

“The graduates are the authors of the next chapter of policing in Oakland and across America,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “I’m personally grateful to each and every one of our new Oakland police officers, for they are the individuals who raised their hands and stepped forward in this historical moment as our City forges ahead to become a national model for progressive and professional policing.”

The 187th Academy Class is a diverse group with three females and 23 males; members of the group speak multiple languages including Spanish, Korean, Arabic and Tagalog.

The valedictorian for the 187th Academy is Khalil Logan. The newly sworn Officers are Ivan Rogelio Barajas, Robert Brown, James Hartman, Richard Filer, Alexander Garcia, Moaud Ghazi, Alondra, Gabrielle Hamilton, Trevor Harley, Alon Henner, Delonzo Jackson-Ellis, Paul Kim, Brandon Ko, Sherman Mitchell, Behzad Moeinimanesh, Frank Pan, Christian Paran, Sherman Pruitt II, Joel Reyes, Carlos Ronquillo, Griselda Santana, Carlos Santillan, Dalton Winn, Henry Woods, Jr., Jacob Zimmerman.

Six officers from Alameda Police Department also graduated in OPD’s 187th Academy.

“Trust is built through respectful engagement, consistent communication, and listening to our community,” said Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong. “The foundation of our department is rooted in treating people procedurally just, with dignity and respect. You must hold yourself to high ethical standards on and off duty.”