Monday, May 24, 2010

School Police Officer Honored for “Taking Charge”

San Diego Unified Police Officer Carla Kuamoo was among 16 outstanding law enforcement officers honored at the 19th Annual Peace Officer of the Year Awards on May 7, at The Prado in Balboa Park. Officer Kuamoo was recognized for her work in implementing a student diversion program, in lieu of arrest, entitled “Take Charge.”

Through this program, Officer Kuamoo instills the value of taking personal responsibility for one’s actions, teaches life skills and shows the importance of participation in community service, physical fitness and team-oriented activities. Recently, she started a second diversion program focusing on mentoring high-risk students flirting with criminal behavior.

Officer Kuamoo promotes the Campus Crime Stoppers program and has received more than 60 anonymous tips this year from Clark Middle School students, which have solved and prevented numerous crimes.

For more information, please contact School Police Lt. Rueben Littlejohn at (619) 725-7000.

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