• Special Olympics athlete Brett Laza, in red, runs with Sheriff Cadets during the Fallen Officers Memorial Run in Tustin on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Laza, 30, is part of the academy’s new partnership with the Special Olympics and the first honorary Class 294 recruit. He participated in activities with them throughout their 26 weeks of training. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Special Olympics athlete Brett Laza, third from right, cracks...

    Special Olympics athlete Brett Laza, third from right, cracks as he poses with Sheriff’s Cadets on their final day of training in Tustin on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Laza, 30, makes part of the academy’s new partnership with the Special Olympics and the 294’s Honorary Rookie First Class. He participated in activities with them throughout their 26 weeks of training. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Special Olympics athlete Brett Laza, in red, trains with...

    Special Olympics athlete Brett Laza, in red, trains with Sheriff’s Cadets as an honorary recruit Wednesday, July 20, 2022. The Orange County Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy has launched a partnership with the Special Olympics. Laza participated in activities with them throughout their 26 weeks of training. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Special Olympics athlete Brett Laza, in red, competes in...

    Special Olympics athlete Brett Laza, in red, competes in the Fallen Officers Memorial Run with Sheriff’s Cadets as an honorary recruit Wednesday, July 20, 2022 in Tustin. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A deputy greets recruits and their families during...

    A deputy greets recruits and their families at the Fallen Officers Memorial Run in Tustin on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Rudy Jurado, is waiting with his one-year-old grandson, Cooper Wayne, for...

    Rudy Jurado, waits with his one-year-old grandson, Cooper Wayne, for Sheriff’s Cadets to return from the Fallen Officers Memorial Run in Tustin on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Copper’s father was running in the event on the final day 26-week training course to become an MP. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Special Olympics athlete Brett Laza, in red, runs with Sheriff...

    Special Olympics athlete Brett Laza, in red, runs with Sheriff’s Cadets during the Fallen Officers Memorial Run in Tustin on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Laza, 30, is an honorary recruit of the Regional Academy of Sheriff training as part of their new program with Special At the Southern California Olympics, he participated in several activities with them throughout their 26 weeks of training. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The final class of Orange County Sheriff’s Department recruits had an additional member at the end of their 26-week academy.

The department’s Regional Training Academy this session launched a new partnership with Special Olympics Southern California that invites an honorary recruit to training events with future assistants. The goal of the program, officials said, is “to establish a meaningful relationship with members of the community they will soon serve” and to introduce Special Olympics athletes to the “rigorous training” that community officers undergo. peace.

The first honorary recruit, Brett Laza, 30, joined members of Class No. 249 on Wednesday, July 20 for the Fallen Officers’ Memorial Run, a session-closing fitness competition at the academy.