Career day creates opportunities

By Steven Adamo

Over 45 local and federal agencies shared job opportunities with East Los Angeles College students Wednesday for the Administration of Justice Department’s annual Career Day.

The event is held every April and showcases career opportunities in law enforcement, the Fire Department, Emergency Medical Technician services and Animal Control officers.

Officers from the Los Angeles, Burbank, Huntington Park and the County of Los Angeles Police Departments shared stories with students about the steps needed to begin a career in law enforcement.

Officer Kim, who is in charge of recruitment for the LAPD, shared a story of when she first began training for the LAPD.

“I started training when I was 40, so punks half my age were yelling at me and telling me what to do,” Kim said.

Only three of 100 applicants are approved according to  Kim, which is why this Career Day is one of many.

If students choose this career path and graduate, they will be trained on how to make an arrest and the procedures involved.

However, once a cadet graduates the academy, they are immediately put on a temporary probation period.

Kim said that events like this help achieve their recruitment goal of 10,000 sworn officers every year.

The number was chosen to offset the number of retirements that happen every year.

“I want to demystify the hiring process,” Noel Avales, from the Los Angeles Fire Department, said.

“The biggest misconception that people have is they think, ‘I’m too old.’ There is no maximum age.”

Agent J. Garon from the Federal Bureau of Investigation was also on hand to answer any questions from students.

Though the minimum age to apply is 23, Garon said that he’s never seen somebody make it at that age.

“Don’t get discouraged. It’s tough, but you can make it,” Garon said.

Forensic Identification Specialist David Alonso was at the event on behalf of the Sheriff’s Department.

“We bring the crime scene to the court,” Alonso said. Alonso recommended that students further their education in biology, chemistry and criminal justice.

A big topic of discussion was the public’s perception of police officers.

“Sometimes good cops have to pay for other policemen’s mistakes,” Officer Allegates said.

“Some people hate cops because of what is happening with police brutality all around the nation.”

Kim said that everybody should be respectful and courteous to one another.

“I have black friends and I really hate to see what they go through and what their children go through,” Kim said.

The event was coordinated by Professor Siage Bruce Hosea from the Administration of Justice Department.

Food and drinks were also sold at the event and proceeds go back to fund student scholarships.

Contributors to this report were Gonzalez Guadalupe, Matthew Johnson, Kaleen Luu, Juan Calvillo, Manuel Rojas Gonzalez, and Anthony Aguilar.

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