After catching up with the 6th grade last week, it was great to meet the PCR 5th graders for the first time. After introducing myself, 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 5th 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 Malibu, Agoura, Calabasas and the San Fernando Valley. 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.
It was great to be at PCR again, and I’m looking forward to my next visit (and hopefully Mrs. Hu’s leg has healed up by then).