2A: I spent eighteen weeks at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Academy to earn my badge,completing the same training that any County deputy sheriff is required to complete. While inthe Sheriff’s Academy, I received basic training within various law enforcement relateddisciplines, including defensive tactics, basic knowledge of the penal codes, firearms training foruse in a variety of conditions, and first responder training.
Q: What are the powers of a School Police Officer?
A: A School Police Officer is granted peace officer powers by the State of California. Theseinclude the power to issue warrants, to arrest adults, to make traffic stops, and to respond to anycriminal or suspected criminal activity, regardless of its location, on or off of school property.
Q: What are your daily duties at Foshay?
A: I am the only officer regularly assigned to Foshay. I spend from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. atthe campus or patrolling nearby. I generally do not patrol west of Western, but I patrol thestreets as far east as Vermont Avenue, as far north as 36
Street, and as far south as MartinLuther King Jr. Boulevard. I assist the staff and faculty in controlling automobile and pedestriantraffic at arrival and dismissal. I intervene in student fights and assist with students who may beintoxicated or on drugs. Generally speaking, I am involved with all aspects of student safety. Iam engaged in Community Based Policing, which means that I am constantly trying to preventincidents or crimes before they occur.
Q: What are your primary student safety concerns at Foshay?
A: There is a lot of gang activity in the neighborhood around Foshay. Students come fromManual Arts High School to loiter near our campus. Our students are frequently the targets of robberies for their cell phones or iPods. There are drug dealers in the area. I am also concernedabout students fighting with each other or with gang members.