NORWALK - On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, two California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) and Hospital Police Association of California (HPAC) members from Metropolitan State Hospital (MSH) joined the City of Norwalk for its annual National Night Out event at the civic center.
HPAC Board Member and MSH Police Officer Jose Leal and MSH Sgt. Tomas Fisher were among four MSH Police Department employees who stepped up in joining their community to take a stand for safety and crime-free neighborhoods and cities.
The officers not only helped with public information about their department and recruitment, they introduced themselves to the children who attended, spoke to them about stranger danger and helped to fingerprint them for children identification cards. Their efforts to keep the community safe did not stop there, the officers also spoke to parents about some of the best practices in keeping their children safe.
The children got a chance to don a riot helmet, outer vest and riot shield and pose for pictures in front of one of the newly obtained MSH police vehicles. Officers also handled out goody bags which contained a pencil, stickers, tattoos, and book marker.
"This is just one way officers from MSH are providing for tomorrow's future," said Officer Leal. "Not just inside the state hospital but out in the community as well."
"This is the type of community involvement law enforcement officers throughout California participate in," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. "Thank you Officer Leal and Sgt. Fisher for caring about your community and sharing your passion for public safety."