On Wednesday, I visited Canyon Springs Community School for the first time. Canyon Springs is a great elementary school up in Canyon Country, and it was my pleasure to meet all the students and staff for the first time.
During this first visit, I spent most of the time introducing myself to the students. 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 kids 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.
I was also able to spend the lunch break talking to the kids (and handcuffing everyone that wanted to wait in line). It was a great first day on campus, and I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of the students next week.