School may be out for the summer, but more than a dozen teens are in class with School Resource Officers from the Arvada Police Department as part of a career learning program for teens sponsored by Jefferson County.
Students from the Youth Division of the Jefferson County Work Force program are given the opportunity to choose four different occupations they would like to explore at the summer Job Safari. One of the choices involves spending a day learning about law enforcement.
Law Enforcement as an Occupation
The first of two Job Safari classes at the Arvada Police Department was held on June 11 with another session slated for July 16.
Sergeant Jo Ann Rzeppa and School Resource Officers Don Bass, Jim Glasmann and John Zubrinic provide information about the functioning and internal structure of the police department. In addition to looking at the duties and responsibilities of officers, careers as diverse as criminal investigations, communications, animal management and evidence and property maintenance are discussed by representatives from each of the divisions.
“Our team wants to continue to work with Jeffco youth during the summer months,” said Sgt. Rzeppa of the School Services Unit. “We hope to inspire students to consider criminal justice as a career choice in their future.”
Students Have Hands-On Experiences
Each student is provided with a booklet of information giving an overview of the police department. Throughout the day, they have interactive, hands-on activities including examining police officer duty equipment, using lasers to look at traffic flow and learning about DUI enforcement.
For those wanting more experience related to a career in law enforcement, Officer Tony Lima provides a glimpse of the Department’s Explorer’s Post program for Job Safari members to consider joining.
Some of the other career choices for the 8-week Job Safari program include transportation (RTD), health services (University Hospital) and the hospitality industry (Elitches).