The Sheriff’s Volunteer Brigade September 2002 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Vol. 2 - No.4 A Newsletter for Civilian Volunteers, Deputy Explorers and Advisory Committees Our Youth... ...Our Future! Jaime Lewis, “Youth Cadet” - See Page 16 An Inspiration to All The Sheriff’s By: Civilian Volunteer Vine Navarro, Pico Rivera Station Volunteer Brigade Don’t let go of the hope in your dreams. Hope gives you the strength to keep going on when you feel like Vol. 2, No. 4 giving up. Don’t ever quit in believing in your- An official publication of self, as long as you believe you can...you will have a reason for trying. Reserve Forces Bureau Don’t let anyone hold your happiness and the in their hands. Hold it in yours so it Office of Special Programs will always be within your reach. Don’t measure success and failure by material wealth, but by how you feel. 11515 South Colima Road, Our friendships determine the rich- Whittier, California 90604 ness of our lives. Don’t let bad moments overcome you, be patient and they will pass. (562) 946-7871 Don’t hesitate to reach out for help, we all need it from time to time. Civilian Volunteer Vine Navarro Don’t run away from happiness but towards happiness because it is our deepest joy. Don’t wait for joy to come to you, go after it with all that you know that life will meet you half way. Publisher: Don’t feel like if you are lost when plans and dreams fall short of your hopes any time you have learned something about yourself or about life, you have pro- Sheriff Leroy D. Baca gressed. Don’t do anything that takes from your self-respect, feeling good about yourself is Editor and Volunteer essential to feeling good about your life. Administrator: Don’t ever forget how to laugh or be too proud to cry. It is by doing both that we live to the fullest. ■ Sherri DeAngelis Managing Editor: S/R Lieutenant David L. Peltz Table of Contents Graphics Editor: Civilian Volunteer Cindy L. Peltz An Inspiration to All....................................................................................................2 An Inside Look at an Extraordinary Volunteer ......................................................3 Explorer Coordinator: From the “Cub Reporter”............................................................................................4 Sergeant Bill Schuessler S.T.E.P. ............................................................................................................................4 Helping The Homeless ................................................................................................8 Helping Hands Project ................................................................................................8 Academy Coordinator: Author’s Guide to Preparing Articles ......................................................................9 Sergeant David Willard Digital Photographic “Magic” ..................................................................................11 Images for Cover Photos ..........................................................................................12 Special Olympics Summer Games ..........................................................................13 Contributing Writers: Community Academy ..............................................................................................14 Sergeant Frank Arvizu Community Academy Graduation..........................................................................15 Sherri DeAngelis Altadena Station - Sheriff’s Youth Cadet Program ..............................................16 Palmdale Station Honors Volunteers ......................................................................18 Pledge of Allegiance ..................................................................................................20 2 An Inside Look at an Extraordinary Volunteer Hair Personality, a beauty salon she the age of 21, was married, then T his article is about Chu Ja Johnson, a remarkable woman has owned for the past twenty-three divorced with 4 children to raise on who made it from South Korea years in the town of La Verne. It was her own. Later then to experience the to the United States in the most there that I got to know this amazing horrible tragedy of losing her son in deplorable of conditions to become a woman and became aware of the his untimely death. As one could U.S. Citizen. Today, we are very lucky incredible trials and tribulations that imagine, this led her into sadness and to have her as an interpreter volunteer she had encountered through out her depression which brought back with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s life. She was born in 1944 and grew up dreadful memories of her childhood. Department. in South Korea, during the time of These emotions , however compelled Three years ago I had the pleasure Japanese occupation, and later when her to write her book, Autumn Child. of meeting Ms. Johnson for the first civil war had divided the country. She This is an intriguing and powerful time at her business establishment, came to the United states in 1965 at story that had to be told. Autumn Child, (synopsis) After the war, when I turned eight, I lived with my sister. By: Chu Ja Johnson In reality, she was a prostitute for American GI’s. My sister’s profession was tragically the only way she could survive and be her family’s financial savior. I saw the underworld of her T he day I was born my family labeled me the “cursed child.” My birth was the result of a brutal beating and extreme life; abortion, drug addiction and the the horror of rape by my father, of my mother, whom he had aban- living in a time of war. When a boyfriend of my sister raped doned to marry another. I was immediately discarded by my me, I was sent away to live with my brothers where I was mother, but was rescued and cared for by my sister. My also raped and badly beaten. father had falsely accused my mother of having leprosy At age thirteen, my mother left the leprosy colony and we which caused the villagers to chase my mother away, leaving were reunited, yet only to experience the harshness of pover- me, my sister, and my two ty. We would chase after coal brothers behind. Later my sister trucks, dodging the wheels to ran away leaving me (at age 3) pick up loose chunks of coal to to be raped by my eleven year sell to buy food for a day. old brother. My mother became a farmer. At age four, I was near death However working along side from starvation. My mother my mother on the farms and managed to obtain a permit seeing the beauty of the Korean from the leprosy colony long culture, and villages, made me enough for her to walk across feel healed and reconnected Korea to rescue me. I returned with God. As an adolescent I with my mother to the leprosy endured times of massive colony where I was introduced depression and dismay. Since I to a world beyond my imagina- could not pursue my education tion. That is where and when past junior high school I went faith in God entered my life as a to a sewing trade school. I later foundation that enabled me to opened a dress shop and endure more suffering yet to became financially successful come. at the age of eighteen. Life When war broke out in Left to right: Civilian Volunteer Dennis Campbell, Chu Ja Johnson began to blossom for me. and Sheriff Lee Baca. I found love for the first time Korea, it turned my world and millions of others upside down with the son of a prominent with all the horrors and devas- family, Mr. Kang. My sister tation that only war could bring. The traumas I had been who was then married to an American soldier and living in exposed to from a child’s point of view fill the pages of my America then sent for me. book. Safety and security of living with my mother ended While preparing my papers, I discovered my true name, when policies of the colony changed and children not infect- Chu Ja which means autumn child. At the airport, Mr. Kang ed with leprosy were removed from their parents. A painful slipped a gold ring on my finger and requested that I return medical examination confirmed that I was not a leper and to marry him. As the plane took off into the clouds, I was forced me to leave. The day before I was sent to an orphan- filled with wonder and excitement. age, my sister rescued me. She reappeared as the wife of a Finally, I was off to a new life and a new world of hope high-ranking Korean army officer. and opportunity that was waiting for me in America. impossible task and was able to write including myself are anxiously await- W hen Ms. Chu Ja Johnson undertook this project she and receive a gift of healing through ing to see her book, Autumn Child felt a lot of resistance of her the process. She is now acquiring an become a successful publication. memoir. But through her persever- agent to have her book published. ance she overcame the seemingly Many of her friends and clients, Sherri De Angelis ■ 3 From the “Cub Reporter” By: Sergeant Frank Arvizu, Reserve Forces Bureau O n June 25, 2002 a total of 54 Civilian Volunteers from all over Los Angeles County descended onto the STAR Center, to partake in their final roleplaying critique. These people were being trained in CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) a program which had been developed by the Los Angeles City Fire Department. The purpose of these courses is to train civilians to meet immediate life saving and life sustaining needs. Living in Southern California we know that earthquakes strike without early warnings. We also know that emergency personnel (police, fire, medical professional) will surely be taxed and proba- bly not available to respond. CERT prepared these 54 civilian vol- unteers to assist us in these situations. CERT is a positive approach to emergency situations, people helping people. Congratulations to all 54 dedicated volunteers for their dedication to this training. As you read the articles and look at the photos in this issue you will see many of the recent graduates. Our LASD Volunteers dis- play how dedicated they are to serving their communities by avail- ing themselves to this hands-on learning program. ■ S.T.E.P. SHORT TERM EMERGENCY PROGRAM (FEMA) Federal Emergency Management Agency (CERT) COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING F ollowing a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment’s notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs. One also expects that under these kinds of conditions, family members, fellow employees, and neighbors will sponta- neously try to help each other. This was the case following the Mexico City earthquake where untrained, spontaneous vol- unteers saved 800 people. However, 100 people lost their lives while attempting to save others. This is a high price to pay and is preventable through training. FEMA CERT training provided through the STEP program. The Community Emergency Response Team concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California. Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs. As a result, the LAFD creat- ed the Disaster Preparedness Division with the purpose of training citizens and private and government employees. The training program that LAFD initiated makes good sense and furthers the process of citizens understanding their responsibil- ity in preparing for disaster It also increases their ability to safely help themselves, their family and their neighbors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognizes the importance of preparing citizens. The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and the National Fire Academy adopted and expanded the CERT materials believing them applicable to all hazards. A FEMA CERT trained individual will be better prepared to respond to .. FIRE SUPPRESSION DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION ...and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. The FEMA CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it. CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. STEP provides FEMA CERT training to anyone in the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Volunteer Program. We also offer American Red Cross & American Heart Association training of subjects such as Introduction to disaster, MassCare, Shelter Operations, First-aid, CPR and Automatic Electronic Defibulator. Never bring a victim to the scene, get FEMA CERT trained! Pat Mumbauer Chairwoman of STEP 2000 Inc. Short Term Emergency Program ■ 4 CERT PHOTO ALBUM On this page and the following two pages you will find photos depicting highlights of the various activities the Volunteers participated in during their Community Emergency Response Training. Fire Suppression and Safety 5 Helicopter Presentation and Safety Awareness The helicopter session was presented by: Sergeant Bill Brown and S/R Deputy Larry Gilson from the LASD Aero Bureau. Search and Rescue (Final Class) 6 Search and Rescue (Continued) Graduation Each graduate received a certificate and a “Disaster Sticker” for their Volunteer ID. A Very Special Thank You to: Pat Mumbauer: Founder, Chairperson of the STEP - Short Term Emergency Program. Nancy Matthews: Disaster Response Manager, Universal Studios. Robert Haynes: Civilian Volunteer, Crescenta Valley Station, Board Member of STEP Kids Program and American Heart Association Instructor for CPR & AED Training. Erin Ashcraft, Tony Ponce & Ted Schunck: Civilian Volunteers, Crescenta Valley Station. Eric Mumbauer: Husband of Pat Mumbauer. Candace Haynes: Daughter of Robert Haynes. 7 Helping The Homeless R on Sachs, aVolunteer at Industry Station, has created a program to assist the Homeless in our communities. He is calling upon VOLUNTEERS ON PATROL and DEPUTIES ON PATROL to take part in this effort to both gather and to hand out information for those in need of social services. Not a lot of time is needed in this project, just the initial collecting of correct numbers, locations of social providers , and bus schedules to have readily available to distribute to those in need. Many Deputies are not aware that information is available if they want to help. Many persons are homeless because they do not know where to go for help. That is where, as a TEAM at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, we can make a difference. For details , see the item below or e-mail Ron Sachs at: firstname.lastname@example.org ■ Civilian Volunteer Ron Sachs. HELP OTHERS! SHERIFF’S HELPING HANDS PROJECT Needed: Two or more Volunteers on Patrol from each Station. 2 hours per week or less. Collect information from your Station’s patrol area to assist those living on the streets. No contact with homeless persons is necessary, only the gathering of information to report to personnel who will be directing and helping to place those who are seeking Social Services. For more information contact: Ron Sachs at Industry Station, 616-934-3093 or email: email@example.com 8 An Author’s Guide to Preparing Volunteer Brigade Articles By: S/R Lieutenant David L. Peltz, Managing Editor, Sheriff’s Volunteer Brigade words. W riting an article for the Reserve News magazine or for The Sheriff’s Volunteer Brigade newsletter is not 4. Use A Descriptive, Unique File Name: You’d be amazed as difficult as you may believe. how many articles we receive for each issue which have You don’t have to be a Tom Clancy or Danielle Steel. Just been saved with the exact same file name - be yourself. You’re not competing for a Pulitzer Prize. “Reserve_News_Article.wpd” Please submit your article Don’t underplay or underestimate your writing skills. with a unique and descriptive file name like That’s why they invented editors. We’ll fix any “boo-boos” “Lennox_Award_Dinner.wpd.” that you make, and without any criticism, complaint or embarrassment. Very few of the articles we’ve published PHOTOS: have ended up being exactly word-for-word the way they It is very true that a picture does equal a thousand words. were originally submitted. Photographs should be a key element of your article. They Now that we’ve overcome your basic fear of writing, let’s add interest and tell your story better than only words can. look at what we need from you. Simply stated, all we need With regard to photos, here’s what we’d like to receive: from you are words and pictures. 1. Digital or film-based photos: We have no preference. However, to make our editorial lives much easier, we need Film-based photos require us to first scan them into digi- these words and pictures to be submitted in a fashion and tal form at either 300 dots per inch (or 600 dots per inch for format that most easily gets them into print. cover photos). From there on, the rest of the process is the Because both of our publications are printed on profes- same for both types of images. sional printing presses, they first go through many “pre- 2. Here are some guidelines for taking your photos: press” stages. This involves “typesetting” and “image pro- A. Film-based cameras: Try to use a as good a camera as pos- cessing, ” both using expensive professional quality publica- sible. Photos taken by inexpensive “throw-away” cameras tions software. (In particular, Quark Xpress, Adobe are always somewhat fuzzy because they use a low-qual- PhotoShop, and Adobe Acrobat. Together these three prod- ity plastic lens. ucts would cost you nearly $2,000 to purchase.) When you get your film processed, try to go to a place Instead of forcing every Department writer to become the with good and well-maintained equipment. Some of the proud owner of $2,000 worth of computer software, we have one-hour processing centers do not maintain their equip- other tools which allow us to take what you give us and con- ment adjustments very well resulting in prints that are not vert it to the specific form and format we need for printing. as sharp as they could be. But, there are some limits on what these tools can do. For B. Digital cameras: Digital cameras are currently available example, if you embed photos into a word processing docu- with 1 to 5 megapixel resolution and can cost you any- ment, they become useless for publication purposes. In some where from $79 to over $4,000. cases they can’t be extracted at all, and in other cases they a. A 1 megapixel camera: produces 640 x 480 images and can’t be extracted in a useful format, or at a useful resolution. costs between $79 and $199. These 640x 480 images Let’s now look at our relatively simple requirements: become fuzzy when enlarged, and are never suitable for use as a cover photo. TEXT: b. A 2, 3, or 4 megapixel camera: Between the one and The text of your article needs to contain four elements: five megapixel extremes in digital cameras are the 2, 3, 1. A Meaningful Title, (avoid titles like “Reserve News and 4 megapixel cameras. They are the most popular Article” because if more than one author uses it, we can’t and currently cost between $100 and $600. For most easily determine which is which). people, they represent the best compromise between A better title would be something like “Altadena Awards quality and cost. Banquet.” Put the title on the top line of your text. c. A 5 megapixel camera: (costing $1,000 or more) pro- 2. A By-Line: Who wrote the article? Who took the pictures? duces very high-quality 2560 x 1930 images which can We can only give you credit if you tell us who you are. Put be greatly enlarged if needed. the By-Line on the second line of your text. Example: C. Taking pictures with both types of cameras: Here are “Story by Civilian Volunteer Bill Smith, Photos by S/R some guidelines for taking pictures with either digital or Deputy Jill Jones.” film-based cameras: 3. The Body of Your Text. Submit the entire article as a sin- a. Avoid “flash underexposure”: It’s very tempting to gle word processing document. In this day and age, every- step back a few more feet to fit everyone in the photo. one has access to someone with a word processor. However, as you do, the light from your flash is spread We don’t care if you use WordPerfect or Microsoft Word. out over a larger area and the resulting photo will be We also don’t care if you use a PC or a Macintosh. We can dark or underexposed. We get a lot of these. handle word processing documents from them all. The typical small built-in flash unit in most cameras a. Do not format your article as a multi-column docu- will usually have about a 9-foot flash/subject distance ment. Use plain, single-column text. limit. An external flash, (if your camera can handle b. Use one space between sentences, not two. one), can increase the useful flash/subject distance to c. Do not indent the beginnings of new paragraphs, but 30 feet or more. please leave a blank line between paragraphs. b. Don’t expect a single flash to illuminate an entire large d. Do not embed any photos in your word processing room. The people closest to you will be overexposed document. Submit digital photos separately as .jpg (very light) and those across the room will be underex- files, or send a print of each film-based photo. posed (very dark). e. Run your article through a spell checker, but bear in If you use a tiltable external flash, you can point it mind that no spell checker can find mistakes like “I sea upwards at about 45 degrees and bounce the light off the tree.” because these are all correctly spelled English the ceiling. This will more evenly illuminate the entire 9 scene. However, this method will not work in rooms Have someone (preferably not a Sheriff-person) read it with very high ceilings. and listen to their suggestions. Is it too long? Too short? Does c. When outdoors, always try to have the sun behind you. it tell your story in a way that anyone will understand what Otherwise peoples’ faces will be in the shadows and you’re saying, or is it filled with police jargon and cryptic hard to see. In an extreme case, the people will be silou- abbreviations known only within LASD? etted. Having completed this “peer review” all that’s left is to Some cameras will allow you to use flash outdoors to submit the article to us. Depending on how you are automatically “fill-in” the shadows. equipped, there are a number of ways that this can be done. d. We need captions: Please identify who and/or what is 1. CD-ROM: If you have access to a CD burner, and if you in the picture. use a digital camera, you can put your word processing On film-based photos, attach a short caption to the back document, your captions, and all the .jpg picture files on a of the print. single CD-ROM. This way nothing will get lost or mis- On digital photos, write a short caption containing the placed. exact file name of that particular photo. You can use the 2. Diskettes: If you have access to a 3.5-inch diskette drive, long numeric name the camera automatically assigns to you can put your entire package on one or more diskettes. each photo. Example: “DXG1073.jpg - (Left to right): 3. For articles with film-based photos: Obtain good quality John Smith, his wife Zelda, Sam Jones and Frank prints, place a caption on the back of each one and include Arvizu.” the prints with a diskette or CD-ROM containing the text e. Edit your photos: We have received as many as 400 of the article. photos with a single article. Obviously, we can’t print 4. E-mail: If you use a digital camera, you can attach the arti- them all. Even though it’s easy and inexpensive to take cle and .jpg files to one or more e-mails. Send these to both a lot of photos, try editing them down to six to twelve of the following email addresses: of the best ones. And, don’t forget to write a short cap- firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com tion for each. 5. Hand Delivery, County Mail, or U.S. Mail: Mail or hand In summary, use the best camera you can get your hands carry the package to: on, learn to use its controls, be aware of the scene’s lighting, Sergeant Frank Arvizu avoid backlit situations and/or use flash to your advantage Reserve Forces Bureau but remember its distance limits. Your photos will be better. 11515 South Colima Road, #A-100 Now that you’ve written your article, taken your photos Whittier, CA 90604 and written captions for them, what’s next? Tel. 562-946-7868 ■ 1 Megapixel vs. 5 Megapixels - The Two Extremes 5 Megapixel (2560 x 1920) shown at 10% of original size. Center cluster shown at 40% of original size. 1 Megapixel (640 x 480) shown at 40% of original size. Center cluster shown at 155% of original size. 10 Photographic “Dos” & “Don’ts” - Digital or Film A frame from a digital video recorder. Note the extreme fuzziness. The This is what results if you shoot a picture with the sun behind the sub- camera and/or subjects may have been moving when it was taken. ject. Using your flash as a “fill-in” would lighten the faces. Bouncing your flash off a low ceiling allows you to more evenly illu- This picture of my granddaughter Olivia was taken with the sun minate the people close to the camera as well as those who are further behind her but the camera’s flash was used as a “fill-in” light. Yes, away. Tilt it up so that it points to the center of the ceiling. that is a real butterfly on her nose, she raised it from a caterpillar. Some Digital Photographic “Magic” S ometimes we receive photos that need work before we can use them in our publications. Even though we are able to digitally enhance and modify some photographs to a certain extent, we cannot perform mir- acles. We use state-of0the-art digital hardware and software to work on the images, it is a very time-consuming process. Ideally you will submit photos that follow our guidelines. This will make our job much easier and far more pleasant. Before... ...After. A “dark” (underexposed) photo exactly as received by Reserve News, The exact same photo after digital image enhancement and retouching scanned at 300 dpi. using Adobe PhotoShop. 11 Images for Cover Photos Are More Demanding A ll digital cameras take photos as high as 2400 dpi as do do commer- even worse. at 72 dots per inch (dpi). 72 dpi cial phototypesetting devices. A 72 At the other extreme, at 100% of its is the resolution of most com- dpi photo that looks great on a com- original size, a 72dpi (2560x1920) five puter monitors, so a photo taken at puter’s screen will look bad on paper. megapixel picture will be 35.5 inches that resolution will look as good as it At 100% of its original size, a 72 dpi wide and 26.67 inches high. To make it can when viewed on your computer’s (640x480), one megapixel photo will fit we’ll have to reduce it to about 25% screen. be only 8.89 inches wide and 6.67 of its original size, effectively increas- However, when you print the same inches tall. That’s not big enough for a ing its resolution to about 300 dpi. On picture on paper, it’s a different story cover photo, so it will have to be paper, it will look great. Below are two altogether. Today’s inkjet printers run enlarged to fit the page and will look actual examples. ■ A one megapixel (640 x 480) image shown at 100% of actual size. Note the overall fuzziness and lack of detail, (especially of Olivia’s hair) which makes this image unsuitable for use as a quality cover photo. A five megapixel (2560 x 1920) image shown at only 25% of its actual size. Note the sharpness of the subject’s hair, the detail of small elements such as her eyebrows and the butterfly’s thin legs all of which make this image very suitable for use as a high-quality cover photo. 12 Special Olympics Summer Games 2002 Sworn and Civilian Together...Volunteering E unice Kennedy Shriver started the concept of Special Olympics event, each western state began to formulate plans to organize its own in 1963 as a daycamp for people with mental retardation to pro- chapter program. And in the following years, the program was vide them with the therapeutic effects of physical fitness and expanded to include opportunities for training, a multi-level compe- sports. In 1968 she organized the first International Special Olympics tition structure and year-round programming. Games, in which 1,000 athletes from the U.S., Canada and France com- In an historic move on July 1, 1995, California Special Olympics peted. That year, Special Olympics was founded as a nonprofit orga- was divided into two separately incorporated Chapters, Special nization. Olympics Southern California. Inc. and Special Olympics Northern The first Annual Western Regional Special Olympics was held on California, Inc. This division was a first in the history of the Special July 26, 1969 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. A total of nine Olympics movement. The change afforded each new California hundred athletes from Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Chapter a dramatic opportunity to greatly expand outreach efforts. Mexico, Nevada and Utah participated in the softball throw, the 50 The new Southern California Chapter is bounded by San Luis Obispo, and 300-yard dash and 25 and 50-yard swim. With the success of this Kern and Inyo Counties in the north, and the state line in the south. ■ First, A Good Breakfast Explorer checking on Special Lieutenant Ron Dayhoff, an Olympians making sure they’re unidentified Civilian Volunteer and Reserve Commander William fueled and ready for competition in Sergeant Danny Stotts on clean-up Captain John Franklin doing a Calicchia serving athletes breakfast. the Summer Games. crew. fantastic job bussing tables. Then, Let The Games Begin 13 The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Region III (Cerritos, Industry, Lakewood, Norwalk, Pico Rivera, San Dimas and Walnut Sheriff’s Stations) Presents the Community Academy Learn more about the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and these fascinating areas of law enforcement: PATROL PROCEDURES AERO BUREAU (HELICOPTERS) and K-9 SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT BUREAU (SWAT) NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENT GANGS FIREARMS ARSON/EXPLOSIVES TRAFFIC DETECTIVE BUREAU TOURS OF SELECTED SHERIFF’S FACILITIES: PATROL STATIONS and JAILS. The program is FREE. Classes are held for thirteen consecutive weeks from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. For more information contact: The Norwalk Sheriff’s Station Community Relations Office. Deputy Chris Malloy, at (562) 466-5453. A TRADITION OF SERVICE 14 Community Academy Graduation - July 2002 LASD Civilian Volunteers, Explorers and Civilians from the Community Commander Sandra Hutchens eloquently hosted the ceremony. Norwalk and Industry Volunteers serving refreshments to the graduates, their friends and families. Sheriff Lee Baca individually congratulated each graduate and was the keynote speaker. 15 Altadena Station - Sheriff’s Youth Cadet Program By: Joanne L. Tornquist this program will expand T he Altadena Sheriff’s Youth to all of the schools that Cadet Program, require such attention, funded by the not only in Los Angeles Community School County, but throughout Policing Grant, is a new California as well. program that is directed Recently, during a visit towards at-risk youth liv- the program by ing in Altadena. Superintendent Dr. Percy Conceived by the Clark, of the Pasadena Altadena Crime Unified School District, Prevention deputy, the he expressed his hopes Explorer’s coordinator, for us to open this pro- and the Edison gram at other schools in Elementary School coun- his school district as early selor, the goal of this pro- as the new school year. Some students from the first graduating class of the Altadena Sheriff’s gram was to help pro- Program proudly holding up their certificates of achievement, includingYouth Cadet members of Though grants are vide reinforcement and a the Altadena Sheriff’s Station on top row, (l to r), CSO Joanne Tornquist, Deputy being written, the success structured environment Sam Estrada, Deputy Gregory Gabriel and Captain Joe Gutierrez. of such a program relies for fourth and fifth grade on the intervention of the students facing problems with their vided the means for this to take place. Sheriff’s Deputies, Explorers and school and home lives. Though this The participants in this program have Civilian Volunteers within the program is similar to our already exhibited serious behavioral Sheriff’s Department. Each of these Department’s V.I.D.A. program, there and discipline problems, and many groups of people have provided not are a few differences, namely the age unequivocally live in difficult home only invaluable mentoring and friend- group of the children ranges from 8 situations while most are subjected ship, but have also given that special though 11 years old, and an added daily to the peer pressures of gangs, brand of attention and connection that emphasis is placed on education. drugs and violence on the school these youth need, and we have given With the expertise of our own grounds. them the platform for them to finally deputies, the peer leadership of our During these eight weeks, kids par- grasp for that which they reach for. Explorers, and the mentoring of our ticipated in drill and discipline If we are not proactive with the Civilian Volunteers, in collaboration instruction, counseling, homework, youth of our cities, they will grab onto with the Pasadena Unified School team competitions, and interactive those destructive forces that make District, this program helped to lectures. In the first two weeks of the them feel a part of something, or with bridge the gap between law enforce- program, we focused primarily on purpose in their senses of purpose- ment and Edison Elementary School’s drill instruction because we needed to lessness or powerlessness. Currently, youth. Our Explorers, trained in lead- instill the necessary discipline and we are a small group, but maybe our ership at the Explorer Leadership focus to form the foundation for the vision will rub off on many more of Institute at Camp Pendelton, worked rest of the program. Several of our law these children as time passes. closely with each of the 30 children in enforcement personnel spoke to the Children, despite it all, are still chil- the program under the auspices of kids covering topics, such as narcotics, dren. We, the adults are the ones who full-time deputies who volunteered gang awareness, violence, anger man- help them find their strengths and their own time throughout the entire agement, critical thinking and issues provide the allowance for them to eight weeks as well. dealing with youth and crime. There dream and hope. This program addressed social, was also a focus on enhancing class- At the end of the eight-week pro- emotional, and educational problems, room performance through home- gram, the students, their families, and in hopes to develop discipline, work assignments and mentoring. invited guests participated in a gradu- responsibility, accountability, respect During the first few weeks, I saw ation ceremony. Congressman Adam and tolerance in the characters of the children who had lost more hope than Schiff, Senator Jack Scott, participating youth. The children in any ten-year old should, and wit- Assemblywoman Carol Liu, and this program were so rarely given the nessed the effects of children who Supervisor Michael Antonovich, and opportunity of others’ time, attention, never knew or understood bound- special members from the Sheriff’s purpose, boundaries, predictability of aries because so few had been drawn Department, including Sherri positive reinforcement, opportunities, for them. I saw those who were fright- DeAngelis our Volunteer persistence and trust were freely ened by the experience of this cadet Administrator, were present at this given to build the will for them to program, not because of its demands, celebration to show their support for want to live, not simply survive. but because this seemed to be the first these accomplished youth. Before Though their situations were often time they were being challenged to receiving all of their certificates, the quite unfortunate, the strength of this reach within themselves because they students gave a special drill presenta- program did not lie in our feeling were being told that we believed in tion. What started out as tears and sorry for the children, but our show- them. anger ended in smiles from all who ing them that they were capable of Though this was the first-run of the participated and those same youth exceeding their own expectations of Altadena Sheriff’s Youth Cadet now ask us if they can come back next themselves to succeed. We only pro- Program, it is everybody’s hope that year to participate once again! ■ 16 Youth Cadet Program Activities Week 2, Day 1 - Explorer Angel Grandes. Week 2, Day 2 - Deputy Sam Estrada and CSO Joanne Tornquist. Week 2, Day 2 - Explorer Jonathan Paik, (also in the Army Reserves).. Week 2, Day 2 - Explorer Tim Horen. Week 2, Day 2 - Explorers and a Reserve Marine work with physical training. Week 3, Day 1 - Deputy Estrada conducts classroom instruction. Graduation Youth Cadet Milan Weedon singing the Yvonne Mizell, Principal, Edison Elementary Shelly Dansby Hall, Elementary Counseling National Anthem. School. Advisor, Edison Elementary School. Explorers Who Volunteered in the Youth Cadet Program: Chris Aparicio Angel Grandes Matt Harley Timothy Horen Jonathon Paik Justin Phillips Civilian Volunteer Rosie Ewell, also, Altadena Station Volunteer of the Year. Jessica Quirol 17 Palmdale Station Honors Volunteers By: Dennis Zaferis, Civilian Volunteer Volunteer Pat Burke was unable to T he Palmdale Station held its yearly Volunteer Appreciation attend a luncheon with the sheriff, so Dinner on Thursday May 9th, he was presented with his 1000 hour 2002 at the Palmdale Cultural Center. star by Captain Judge and Deputy The dinner is sponsored by the Miklos. Palmdale Sheriffs Boosters and the This year’s ceremony also marked a Palmdale Station personnel. The din- “change of command” for the volun- ner is to honor all the volunteers that teer coordinator from Deputy Dave give so freely of their time to support Miklos to Deputy Johnie Jones. the Sheriff’s Department and the Deputy Miklos has been in charge of Palmdale Station. These volunteers the volunteer program for the past 4 L to R- Deputy Jones, Captain Judge, include Reserve Deputies (Patrol & Dolores Watson, & Pat Russel. years, and will be leaving us to take a Search and Rescue), Volunteers on position as a field training officer at Dolores Watson has been a volun- the Palmdale Station. Patrol, and Explorer Scouts. teer for just over 1 year and is This year’s awards for Volunteers assigned to the Littlerock area, but of the Year were awarded in 6 cate- also assists with record keeping and gories, they were presented by other duties in the Palmdale Station. Captain Terry Judge, Sgt. Dave Sauer, Mary Jane Hirsch, in addition to Deputy Dave Miklos, Deputy Johnie her regular patrol duties deals with Jones, and Pat Russell representing special projects for the City Liaison Supervisor Michael Antonovich. Deputy and volunteers for all special Reserve Deputy of the Year was events. awarded to S/R Al Beattie. Post 699 Explorer of the Year was given to Deputy Dave Miklos, Pat Burke & Dennis Zaferis Salvador Lerma, Delores Watson was awarded Volunteer on Patrol - Volunteers Pat Burke and Dennis Littlerock, Mary Jane Hirsch for Zaferis on behalf of all the volunteers Volunteer on Patrol – Palmdale, presented a plaque to Deputy Miklos Dennis Zaferis for Volunteer on Patrol with the following inscription: - Mounted Unit, and Susan Mortimer Deputy David L. Miklos for overall Volunteer of the Year. The members of the Palmdale Sheriffs Station Volunteers On Patrol wish to thank you for your support of our pro- Susan Mortimer, Dennis Zaferis & Mary gram. Jane Hirsch. Without the dedication and guidance you provided, the program would not be the Dennis Zaferis performs patrol great success that it is today. work both on the mounted unit and in May 9, 2002 the Volunteer on Patrol program. He Dave was also presented with new also created a data base to track pawn duty equipment for his new patrol slips, used to track stolen merchan- training position. dise, and also designed and maintains Dave will be greatly missed as our L to R- Sgt Sauer, Al Beatty & Captain the Palmdale Station Volunteer web coordinator, but as a training officer if Judge, site www.avheros.com. he is able influence and educate more Susan Mortimer conducts patrols in deputies to have the “Dave Miklos Al Beatty is the owner of a local the City of Palmdale as well as being a demeanor”, the Sheriff’s Department muffler shop as well as being a board courier between the Palmdale Station and our community will surely be the member of the local high school dis- and the Sheriff’s Department Los winners. trict; he is the Captain of the Palmdale Angels office three days a week. She reserve company and has been with has also volunteered for special events the Palmdale Station since it opened. and has given more than 1500 hours Salvador Lerma received his award in a little more than 18 months. for “effort spent in the program” by Each award winner was presented committing himself above assigned a plaque from the station and an tasks. award from Supervisor Michael D. Antnovich’s office. Deputy Dave Miklos L to R- Deputy Jones, Capt. Judge, Salvador The dinner was attended by over Lerma, Pat Russell & Sgt. Sauer Deputy Miklos, Pat Burke & Captain Judge 100 volunteers and their guests. ■ 18 Lance Close (VOP) Jody Smith & & Sherry. Leslie Smith (VOP-M). Christine Lynn Barrow & Craig Jones (VOP-M), (Both VOP-M, Laurie Brown Chris is the Team (VOP-M) Leader). & Lynn’s husband Steve. Donna Loriano (VOP-M) Deputy Miklos & Tom Carroll with (VOP). Don & Lisa Large. Mary Jane Hirsch Ray Saavedra (VOP) (VOP) & Susan Mortimer & wife Sandy. (VOP). Laurie Brown Teri Rogers (VOP-M) (VOP-M) & husband Jim. & husband Charlie. Jody Smith Burt Sanderson, & Leslie Smith Tawna Born, (VOP-M). Brenda Bolding & Fred Gonzales (All VOP-M). 19 I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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