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Posted on: September 6, 2018

Public Safety Pathway Program Unveiled at Mesa Verde High School

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The Citrus Heights Police Department is pleased to announce, in partnership with the San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD), the launch of the Public Safety Pathway program at Mesa Verde High School. The Public Safety Pathway program is an introduction into the public safety field for students expressing an interest to work in the criminal justice field. Students enrolled in this course receive knowledge, skills, and experiences to aid them in building a future career in public safety. SJUSD students enrolled in the Pathway program will be exposed and conduct research into several law enforcement related topics, including criminal law, civil law, ethics, leadership, court system operations, community relations, investigative reporting, effective communication and use of force among many others.  Students will also experience hands on training during an 18-week internship with the Citrus Heights Police Department and other neighboring agencies.  
On Tuesday, September 4, members from the Citrus Heights City Council, City staff, the Citrus Heights Police Department, the San Juan Unified School Board and District staff gathered to address the students at a formal kick-off event.  The Pathway program is one of many youth programs within the police department’s Youth and Family Services Unit, a unit that was created in July, 2018 to address the specific needs of the youth in our community.  
The Police Department and City leaders appreciate the commitment from our partners at the San Juan Unified School District.  Together, we are committed to enhancing our relationships between our police department, schools and community youth.  
“The recent creation of our Youth and Family Services Unit along with the Public Safety Pathway partnership will provide for a greater focus on the youth in our community, support our future community leaders and build a police department which reflects the community in which we serve.” Gina L. Anderson, Assistant Chief of Police.

For more information contact Sergeant Wes Herman at wherman@citrusheights.net

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