I returned to Juan Cabrillo for the first time of 2017-18 on Monday and Wednesday. I met both classes in Mrs. Levy’s Room, and it was great to meet the 4th grade for the first time and catch up with the 5th grade.
First, I handed out the materials that the kids will need for the year: a STAR folder, a name card, a pencil and an eraser.
After passing out the materials, I talked to the 4th Grade about my life before becoming a deputy, my path to joining the Sheriff’s Department and the different assignments that I’ve worked. I described my experience in the academy, my first assignment working in the jail (along with some pictures), my time as a bailiff in a courthouse and the time I spent out on patrol in the Lost Hills Station area. I also talked about my education at UCLA and my involvement with the LA Grizzlies (the LASD Football Team).
The kids had a ton of questions, like:
- “Is that a real gun?”
- “Have you ever been in a car chase?”
- “Do you have a taser?”
- “Have you ever had an inmate escape?”
- “What’s the food like in jail?”
- “Do you like donuts?”
I tried to get through as many questions as possible. This Q&A gives the kids a chance to get to know me, and it gets the “cop” questions about out of the way so we can better focus on a topic the next time I visit.
My time in 5th grade had a similar structure. After I handed out the class materials, I talked to the 5th graders about what a police officer’s role is in the community and about the different types of peace officers working in California. Do you know the difference between the LAPD, LASD or CHP? Well, now your child should be able to answer that question. Like in the 4th grade, this topic allows us to get all the law enforcement questions out of the way so we can focus on the STAR lessons going forward.
I’m already looking forward to my next visit to Juan Cabrillo.