Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Alert Officer Connects On-Campus Taggers to Off-Campus Vandalism

Officer recognized
School Board Member Shelia Jackson, left, Officer Ivan Picazo, and Chief Don Braun.
Office Ivan Picazo of the San Diego Unified School District Police Department has been recognized by San Diego County Crimestoppers for his work in helping solve a vandalism spree in Ocean Beach.

The case involved suspects etching windows in the beach community, with damages exceeding $100,000.
Officer Picazo, who is assigned to Mission Bay High School, connected the incidents with taggers at the school, where arrests had been made. Using his excellent relationship with students, Picazo identified the primary suspect, who is now facing an 18-year jail term.

By his alert actions, Officer Picazo showed how school policing can help the community at large.

On hand at the Crimestoppers "Enough is Enough" luncheon on May 26 were San Diego Unified Board of Education Member Shelia Jackson, and SDUSD Police Chief Don Braun. Congratulations to Officer Ivan Picazo for a job well done!

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