Burbank police welcomed its first all-female class of recruits Thursday at a graduation ceremony in Los Angeles — a select group that distinguished itself with academic and physical prowess, officials said.
In a class of about 70 in which 52 police and sheriff’s recruits averaged 92% or higher on the academic portion of their academy training, Burbank police recruit Julie Oates, 24, received the top academic honor with an overall score of 96.87%.
Oates was honored before hundreds of law enforcement personnel, family and friends at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles.
It marks the third consecutive year Burbank has had a recruit take home the top academic award for their work during the 18-week academy, held at L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. headquarters in Whittier, Lt. John Dilibert said at the graduation ceremony.
Oates, who hails from Santa Clarita, is joined by Sarah Brady, 29, of Glendora, and Kiyomi Scott, 27, of San Bernardino.