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Lathrop High juniors assist with Junior Police Academy program

Lathrop Police Services school resource officer Valerie Cardoza got the help of two Lathrop High School juniors in this week’s Junior Police Academy. Toree Iniguez and Ryan Stolz were involved in ...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin


POSTED June 18, 2011 2:51 a.m.

LATHROP Lathrop High School junior Toree Iniguez brought her passion for law enforcement back to the Junior Police Academy for the second year as a volunteer to help teach the two-week-long series of classes to 21 students in the sixth through the eighth grade.

Toree had a friend and classmate, Ryan Stolz, join her this year in working with the youth of the community for their introduction into law enforcement where they are  learning everything from defensive moves to actually carrying out traffic stops with simulated weapons.

Toree said she is definitely looking toward a career in criminal justice after finishing her education and Ryan agreed saying he was thinking about law enforcement in his future as well.

School resource officer Deputy Valerie Cardoza is in charge of the 2011 classes making use of the Lathrop Elementary School classrooms and the gymnasium for self-defense classes.

Assisting Deputy Cardoza were Lt. Chris Pehl, motorcycle officer Matt Lindemann, and Deputy Jose Aleman.  One lesson students learned on Tuesday was how to break free from the body hold of an aggressor who might grab them from behind.

Students learned about drugs and gangs as well as the challenge of making felony car stops in the school parking lot where they actually ordered “suspects” out of their vehicles at gun point.

SWAT team scenarios and police canine use in apprehending suspects were also on their agenda before their graduation ceremonies.  A second Junior Police Academy will be offered by the Lathrop Police Services on July 11.

Deputies said there is still room in the next class session for students to sign up for the July offering by calling Lathrop Police Services at 858-5551.

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