Mary A. Castillo
Laguna Beach Police Department Teen Academy graduated its second class
Tuesday following a trip to Judge Susanne Shaw’s courtroom at the Harbor
The class toured the holding facility at the courthouse then received
certificates from Police Chief James E. Spreine.
“The philosophy behind the program was to open the lines of
communication between the juveniles in the community and police
officers,” said Sgt. Louise Callus. “We get the officers out of the cars
and into a classroom so that the kids realize we’re human and our job is
something we have to do.”
The Teen Academy is an eight-week, 16-hour program. The class met once
a week to receive presentations on field operations communications,
investigations, officer safety and traffic and juvenile laws. The class
also watched a K-9 demonstration and a live weapons fire demonstration.
“Our student evaluations have been very positive,” said Callus. “They
feel they were given a total overview of what the police department does
and what we have available.”
The third Teen Academy is scheduled for the spring 2003 and is open to
Laguna Beach High School ninth- through 12th-grade students. For more
information contact Sgt. Louise Callus at (949) 497-0399. Graduating
teens: Jamie Basich, Marcus Claar, Dalton Combs, Nelly Correa, Andrew
Garlock, Danielle Haysgaard, Mark Herron, Jesstine Jones, Tom Koch,
Stephanie Kramer, Danielle Lawrence, Kelly Monroe, Nima Mortazavi, Nolan
Plant, Natania Sampietro and Will Wright.