Police aides gain more appreciation

Adriana Ivanoff, Staff Writer

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They unlock the school before you come, are here when your semesters have ended and even stayed during the smoke crisis that happened last semester that shut the campus down. They keep you safe if you take you night classes, They are on constant watch over the campus, waiting for when people need their help.

Police Services aides with little appreciation.  Student police aide Phillip Rollins, who has been with Police Services since last June says “taking the small complements go along way.”

Police Services have relocate into a new building which is located at the front of the school near parking lot A. Students can also signal them with a whistle or even a “hey!” Teachers who are in need of assistance can even call Police Services with the press of a button in all classrooms. Police Services will be more than willing to help you.

Police Services faced an emergency when a pregnant student fell from one of the high stools in the Los Medanos Science Building. The teacher responded by pressing the emergency button and Rollins was able to respond to the call faster than the police officers due to his close proximity to the area. He was inside the library at the time he got the call. This allowed him to be able to assist her and report in to the officer the details of the situation. The student was okay at the end of the ordeal. Her mother took her to the emergency room to check on the baby rather than have her ride in an ambulance, emergency circumstances are rare.

Most students only contact the police aides for directions to a certain building or room. In other events teachers may call on them to unlock a room. Aggravated students sometimes try to persuade the police aids to change their parking policies by arguing and yelling. They sometimes complain that a golf cart goes by them too fast and makes them nervous, when they are in a 20 mph zone the smallest golf cart can’t go over 14 mph do to its engine and the bigger golf cart can only go 10 mph.

Rollins describes how dealing with tense situations of the overly vocal complaints helps him in being able to diffuse a stressful situation and how “It’s exhausting for being constantly berated for what we can’t control.”

Corporal student police aide Diana Galbez who started working in Police services after graduating high school in 2017 formed a different opinion than her colleague about the interactions with other students. She expressed that what she was most improved on was communicating with other students and professors. That it made her feel more social.

Some students like Emma Wingate don’t have real interactions with the police aides, “I rarely see them actually, I only ever see them in the parking lot. I’m sure they work hard though.”

The student aides are enforcing the district rules that they did not make, such as not taking back parking tickets, even though there have been students that yell at them, they can’t change their rules.

Police aides are only trying to gain experience that shows they are able to handle similar situations before they go into actual police training because the hire on look for these experiences. The police aids are also hopeful to earn a letter of recommendation that can help them in the policing career.

Another confusion that causes distance between students and police aides is that students also seem to think that the one week grace period is longer than it actually is. The grace period is where you do not have to pay for parking only at the beginnings and ends of a semester.

Students can ask for a ride if they see a police aide driving around in one of the golf carts, they can ask to go anywhere they need to go on campus, It is believed by Rollins that this action will have students better understand that the student police aides are students just like they are and make mistakes.

Rollins explained the distrust of law enforcement do to stories circulating within the news and the fact that most students didn’t even recognize that the aids are students themselves.          

Rollins while driving the smaller black security golf cart with flashing yellow lights overhead expressed a visible distance he felt from other students who looked his way.

One look at the faces driving past and you could see it was the truth. There were several quiet long stares that spoke volumes without words from several students that passed. It was obvious those students felt that police aides and themselves lived in different worlds.

There were two people, though at different times, who parked in the fire lane in the front of the school drop off zone that day. Two people that tried to ignore the little golf cart that had pulled up beside them waiting for them two to move. That was trying to be prepared for an emergency that could happen in a little act that could in a dire situation save lives. The first was a teacher who showed Rollins her ID card after finally putting down her phone from a long scrolling session, during the second time he had to pull up behind her.

The second couple in the car were more compliant and respectful, the man in the car with the girl pointed to where Rollins had and cruised over there.

A sharp whistle broke out in the parking lot as Rollins drove past, as he stopped for the man leaning against his shiny dark blue car to hear him say that the parking pass machine wasn’t working. Rollins then replied its okay you can park and won’t get charged a ticket for now.

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