During the Long Beach Touch-a-Truck community event, parole officers were able to positively engage with the public.
Representing the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) at the truck event were:
- Karen Reed, Parole Administrator (Acting)
- Rajesh Talwar, parole administrator
- Francisco Saldana, Parole Officer III
- Richard Jones, Parole Officer Specialist II
- Milicent Golz, parole officer
- Don Unabia, parole officer
- Maria Serrano, parole officer
- and Eddie Boyd, parole officer
According to those present, officers answered questions about community supervision and reintegration efforts. They also discussed rehabilitation through employment, medical treatment, mental health treatment and education, while embracing family parole systems.
The highlight for many was seeing a Ford Explorer Interceptor on the floor, a caged transport vehicle. Community members learned the functions of the vehicle.
Touch-a-Truck enabled officers to promote DAPO’s mission of community well-being and safety. Parole officers also handed out coloring books, crayons, keychains and lanyards.
Community Action Team (CAT) Inspiration Director Justin Rudd brought the Long Beach Touch-a-Truck back this year with Long Beach Councilwoman Suzie Price and Mayor Robert Garcia.
The Spring 2022 event is one of the most hands-on experiences in town, bringing together over 120 different trucks, cars, heavy equipment and more for kids and adults to climb in and around the vehicles on display.
The event attracted thousands of families who were able to meet the people driving the vehicles.
For the DAPO parole officers, it was a very engaging event filled with meaningful dialogue, laughter, sunny skies and an ocean breeze.
“This is a great opportunity for state parole. It’s important for people to know what you do and how you serve our community,” Rudd said.
“It’s good to see parole again, and thank you for your service,” she said.
By Karen Reed, Acting Parole Administrator
Adult Parole Operations Division – Southern Region
Photos courtesy of Justin Rudd
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