Some could be patrolling the Antelope Valley streets within a year. The academy completes a circle that keeps law enforcement local at multiple levels, Baca said, noting that the AVC program complements a local courthouse and a jail. He said the AVC program will attract and train local recruits. “This valley today moved to a new level when it comes to public safety,” Baca said. “I think this is becoming a unified community.” The academy graduated 41 deputies wearing khaki uniforms, and one Los Angeles School police officer, who wore a dark blue uniform. Among the graduates was Wyatt Waldron, a former Marine who was awarded a Silver Star for service in Iraq. Luis Sanchez was named the class’s honor recruit by Sgt. Dave Miklos in a recorded video segment of the ceremony. Miklos, who heads the academy, is in Australia for the Toughest Man Alive, a grueling multiple-event athletic competition for police and firefighters. Miklos, a two-time Toughest Man Alive champion, dedicated his effort to the class and guaranteed victory. The inaugural academy produced a class that was by all accounts uniquely cohesive, according to Deputy Don Rubio, who was involved in training four other such classes. “When you know you’re part of making history, it brings everyone together, and I think it forces you to work a little harder,” Deputy Steve Round, an academy graduate said. “I think we set that bar pretty high.” Erin Robles, who was sworn in as a Los Angeles School Police officer, has worn a different uniform throughout the academy, which is open to law enforcement agencies throughout the state. The LASP serves schools throughout the county. “It’s just such an awesome opportunity to work with kids and make a difference in children’s lives,” Robles said. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – In what public officials called a significant development for area public safety, the sheriff’s academy graduated its inaugural Antelope Valley College class Thursday night at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. An overflow crowd of more than 750 saw 42 Class No. 356 cadets take their place in Antelope Valley law enforcement history. The class was honored by dignitaries, including Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee D. Baca and state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, the event’s keynote speaker. A significant portion of the cadets will feed into the Lancaster and Palmdale sheriff’s stations after completing training at detention centers such as the Mira Loma jail.