The Burbank Police Department welcomed their newest officers to the force, Angela Burrows, and Blaine Shifley. The two new police officers graduated from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Academy on March 16.
Officers Burrows and Shifley were among 67 cadets in Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department class number 386. Graduation ceremonies were held at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center. Burbank’s Police Chief Scott LaChasse gave the keynote address. LaChasse, with over 35 years of experience in law enforcement, was able to emphasize important lessons he has learned during his career, as well as pass along valuable tips to the graduates.
Ever since she could remember, Burrows, 35, wanted to make a difference as a police officer. A graduate of John Burrough’s High School, she loves Burbank and is proud to join the police department as a new officer.
Prior to becoming an officer, she was a dispatcher with the Glendale Police Department for approximately six years. She looks forward to interacting with the community that has always had a special place in her heart. Her goal is to be approachable with the citizens of Burbank and to focus on community policing, seeing friendly and familiar faces. Her positive outlook as a public servant and role model is sure to be an asset to the city.
Blaine Shifley, a graduate of Valencia High School and California State University, Northridge, likes the feel of a close-knit community. He resides in Santa Clarita but enjoys Burbank. That’s why he decided on a career with the Burbank Police Department. Being a police officer appealed to Shifley because he knew he would be able to help people and make a difference. He likes the challenge of an active, varied job. Being a police officer means every day will be a new and different experience, and he is looking forward to working in an environment that encourages strong teamwork. Shifley is excited about his diverse training and is proud to call himself a Burbank police officer.
During their probation, the new officers will complete two weeks of in-depth safety and firearms training at the Burbank Police Range. They will then join a Field Training Officer on the streets for several months.