Police Academy Magnet Program Mentoring Handbook
The Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet program is housed at five Los Angeles Unified School District high schools: Wilson High School in East Los Angeles, Dorsey High School in Southwest Los Angeles, San Pedro High School in San Pedro, and Monroe High School and Reseda High School in the San Fernando Valley. In addition to regular academics, Cadets receive special instruction in forensic science, police science, computer software applications, and extensive fitness training. An LAPD officer is assigned to each school as an aide, Mentor, physical training instructor and role model.
Mentoring is a developing part of the program matching a law enforcement officer with a Cadet. With the help of individual Mentors, Cadets will learn more about law enforcement, career options, and will have an officer as a friend.
A Mentoring Partnership
Mentoring in the Police Academy School matches LAPD Officers with Cadets interested in exploring policing as a career. It is an opportunity for Cadets to meet, know and enjoy the company of "real" officers, to learn about opportunities, to learn how to set realistic goals, to know what goals they have to set and to be encouraged to move step by educational and emotional step toward that goal. The Mentor is a teacher, a friend, a role model, a resource.
The Philosophy of Mentoring Police Academy Cadets
As adults, looking through a wide-angle lens, we see teens as out-of focus. Since there is no way to peek at the finished print, we must follow a path to help develop the negative into the positive. That path is not straight, not narrow. It curls, turns and never ends.
Every teen has such a path.
The bumps may be economic, social, cultural, familial, intellectual, educational, nutritional, self-imposed, etc., but they are there for ALL teens, goal-oriented Cadets as well as goal-less Cadets.
Therefore, to define "at risk," is to define "teenager."
This is not a flip assessment, or an attempt to rank problems to determine who is more "at risk"" than whom.
It is our goal to help lighten the load and light the path for teens who are living in a time of sensory overload. A time when sound bites and computer bytes push teens to react instead of act.
Requirements for Mentoring
1. Associated with the Los Angeles Police Department, as a sworn or civilian member
2. Committed to a two-year program
a. Meeting a minimum of once a month (individually)
b. Attending group events as scheduled
c. Keeping in phone contact with student (weekly)
3. Committed to developing a long-term relationship with Cadet
a. Broaden Cadet outlook regarding future opportunities
b. Be non-judgmental of Cadet’s interests
c. Be there to support, encourage, and guide, not direct
d. Expose Cadets to wide-scope of observational and participatory experiences
e. Be sure parents are aware of your plans
f. Be non-judgmental about family circumstances
4. Committed to "being there" for the Cadet
a. Allow Cadet to initiate contacts with the Mentor
b. Respect Cadet’s wishes
c. Build on Cadet’s interests
d. Be available "to talk"
1. Attend and informational meeting/mentoring workshop.
A meeting will be scheduled for all interested, and committed, Mentor applicants. Potential Mentors will complete an informational sheet (used to help match Mentor with Cadet) and the following will be discussed:
- The goal of the Mentor-Cadet partnership
- The need for Mentoring
- The full-commitment necessary
- The role of the adult Mentor
- The effect on the Mentor’s family
- A discussion of appropriate parameters
- Answer Mentor questions
- The ups and downs of Mentoring
2. Attend one-on-one interview with mentoring coordinator.
An informal interview will be held to discuss:
- Understanding of commitment
- Openness of Mentor to Cadet
- Understanding of Cadet-Mentor dynamics
- Background of experiences with teenagers
- Personal expectations
- Planning Mentor time line
Note: With the use of the Mentor information sheet, the one-on-one interview and Cadet input (information sheet, interview), Mentor/Cadet matches will be made.
3. Attend initial group event to meets cadets.
Informal introduction between Mentors and Cadets will be held. This will be an opportunity for one-on-one meeting of Mentor and Cadet.
4. Commit to monthly meeting with cadet, special scheduled events and weekly phone contact.
The Mentor is there to widen the experiences of the Cadet, and to introduce him/her to various aspects of law enforcement, school opportunities, future plans. The Mentor is a teacher, leader, guide, friend.
5. Be sure your family understands and approves of your commitment.
As a Mentor, you have obligations to the program. As an individual, you have obligations to your family, your job, yourself. Mentoring can impinge on these aspects of your life, unless there is complete understanding, approval and knowledge of your commitment.
The following is a suggested list of activities for Mentors and Cadets:
- Academy Graduation
- Officer’s Workplace
- Mounted Unit
- Air Support Division
- LAPD Museum/Academy
- Sun Badge Company
- New Shooting/EVOC facility
- Arrest and Control School
- Area open houses
- Museum of Tolerance
- Service activities
- Museum of Flying
- California Museum of Science & Industry
- Los Angeles Central Library
- Wilderness Way Station
- Other appropriate locations and activities
MENTOR POLICE INTEREST FORM
Who am I?
1. I have been in the police force since _______. Before that I worked at a variety of jobs (paid and unpaid) including:
2. When I was your age, I used to like to do things like:
3. Now that I am older, my favorite things to do, are:
4. The foods I like best are:_____________________________
5. Places I like to go when I have free time, are: __________________________________________________
6. Here are a few things about me that might be of interest:
7. I like working in Law Enforcement, because:
8. I would like to talk to you and show you some of the things in law enforcement, for example:___________________________
9. I would like to be your Mentor, because: __________________________________________________
MENTOR CADET INTEREST FORM
Who am I?
Parent or Guardian Name______________________________
City, State, Zip Code________________________________________
1. I would like a Mentor, because:___________________________
2. The things I like to do most, are:__________________________
3. I have other responsibilities and interests (aside from school). They are:_______________________________________________
4. I am interested in law enforcement. I would like to learn more about different jobs in law enforcement, like:______________
5. My favorite movies and TV shows are:_____________________
6. My favorite foods are:___________________________________
7. My favorite sports are:______________________________
8. My family members are (including pets):___________________
9. I am OK in school, but may need some extra help doing:________
10. After high school, I’d like to:___________________________
AS A PARENT/GUARDIAN, I UNDERSTAND the purpose of the Mentoring program and the COMMITMENT MY CHILD HAS MADE TO HIS/HER MENTOR AND THE COMMITMENT THE MENTOR HAS MADE TO MY CHILD.
I fully support the program.
If I have any questions regarding the program, the activities, the relationship
between my child and the mentor, I will contact:
(Name of Mentor) (Phone Number)
The mentor promises the following to the student:
- I will arrange a minimum of one visit or activity every month.
- I will maintain contact with my Cadet at least once per week by telephone.
- I will inform my Cadet when I will be out of town, and for how long.
- I will notify my Cadet immediately when I know I have to cancel an appointment.
- I will not drink any alcoholic beverage before picking up my Cadet, or while I am in the company of my Cadet.
- I will avoid exposing my student to sexually explicit magazines, movies, or theatrical performances.
- I will arrange meaningful experiences based on thoughtful evaluation of my Cadet’s interest and expressed goals, and not insist on activities that only I am interested in.
- I will assist my Cadet’s search for appropriate post-high school educational opportunities.
- I will answer requests for evaluations of the program and of my relationship with my student, his/her parents or guardians.
- I will do my best not to place value judgments on my Cadet’s behavior, choices, or culture.
I AGREE TO:
- Do my best in all my classes and maintain a C average. I will discuss my grades with my Mentor and let him/her know if I’m falling behind in my studies. I understand that my Mentor is not my tutor, but will encourage me and help me look for ways to be successful academically.
- Be available to my Mentor at least once a month, even if this means I have to miss other activities or change my schedule.
- Call my Mentor as soon as possible when I have to cancel an appointment.
- Permit my Mentor to review my transcripts. I will also show my Mentor each report card I receive, even if I am not happy with my grades.
- Share with my parents information about what I do with my Mentor after each outing with my mentor.
- Return all phone calls from my Mentor within two days.
- Communicate with my Mentor (by phone or letter) at least once a week.
- Inform the Mentor of any address, phone, or school change.
I have read these rules and agree to abide by them.
Notebooks will be issued to the Cadets
It is expected that entries will be made each time Cadet has contact with the Mentor whether in person or by phone.
EXAMPLE: Aug. 12, met Mentor for first time. We walked around the campus of Monroe High School and got to know each other.
Then: Include one Positive statement about your meeting.
EXAMPLE: My Mentor and I both like Pizza.
Within six months of Mentor/Cadet relationship, Mentor will help Cadet write a LIFE GOALS PLAN.
Answer the following questions:
1. Where, in my life, would I like to be 5 years from now?
2. It is possible? Why, or why not?
3. What obstacles might get in my way?
4. What things do I have to do now to get me there?
5. Where, in my life, would I like to be 10 years from now?
6. Is it possible? Why, or why not?
7. What obstacles do I have to look out for?
8. What do I have to do now to prepare for that?
9. Where, in my life, would I like to be 20 years from now?
10. Is it possible? Why, or why not?
11. What can sidetrack me?
12. How can the way I live now, and the things I have planned for the next 10 years, help me reach my goal?
Then: Write and sign a statement, promising yourself that you will stay on track to move toward your goals (even if those goals change).
|Where, in my life, would I like to be?||Is it possible? Why?||What obstacles do I have to look out for?||What do I have to do NOW to reach my goal?|
|5 YEARS FROM NOW|
NOW: WRITE AND SIGN A STATEMENT, PROMISING YOURSELF THAT YOU WILL STAY ON TRACK TO MOVE TOWARD YOUR GOALS (EVEN IF THOSE GOALS CHANGE).
MENTORING OUTCOME GOALS
CADET COMMITMENT TO CAREERS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
Mentors will help Cadets explore careers in law enforcement and give Cadets an honest look at the profession of law enforcement.
CADET COMMITMENT TO CURRENT EDUCATION
Mentors will help Cadets understand the need for daily school attendance, improved grades, excellence in work habits and cooperation.
CADET COMMITMENT TO CONTINUING EDUCATION
Mentors will help direct Cadets to post-secondary education needed to enter area of interest in law enforcement.
CADET COMMITMENT TO WORKING IN THE COMMUNITY
Mentors will help Cadets broaden their knowledge of the Los Angeles community and the law enforcement needs of that community. Mentors will help Cadets choose a "community service" activity
CADET COMMITMENT TO LIVING A CRIME-FREE, DRUG-FREE LIFE
As role models, Mentors will, by example, show Cadets the rewards of positive behaviors.
CADET COMMITMENT TO PRIDE IN ACCOMPLISHMENT, SELF-CONFIDENCE, LEADERSHIP
Mentors, as a caring, positive influence in a Cadet’s life, will help Cadets build self-esteem, and pride in accomplishment. This building of self-confidence will develop leadership.
Our thanks to the Fulfillment Fund, One-on-One, and Devil Pups
for their training, expertise, and advice.
Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet Schools
Lt. John Desmond
Los Angeles Police Department
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Los Angeles Police Academy Magnet Schools