San Clemente Deputies Want You to Learn the Job

The new San Clemente police Chief Lt. John Coppock wants to introduce San Clemente residents to the business of policing in the spirit of openness.

Soon, San Clemente residents may be able to get a taste of what it's like for San Clemente deputy sheriffs to do their jobs every day.

The San Clemente City Council Tuesday will hear a proposal by Lt. John Coppock, chief of San Clemente Police Services, to start up a citizen academy program. The progam will be based on the same model as the Leadership San Clemente program that allows residents to learn about the inner workings at City Hall, according to a staff report.

People who sign up for the citizen academy program have to have a clean criminal record. They'll attend one class per week during which they'll meet deputies, see demonstrations, discuss issues and gain a "newfound understanding in regard to the increasing complexity of the law enforcement profession," the staff report states.

Attendees will learn about SWAT, firearms, K-9 units, traffic operations and even have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with police.

Particpants must be over 18 and their number is limited to 25 at a time. The academy is meant to foster a stronger connection and goodwill between the department and the citizens, the staff report states.

The program costs $15,000 to administer.

The San Clemente City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers, 100, Ave. Presidio.

Redd Cell October 02, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Redd Cell October 02, 2012 at 08:27 PM
So since you have very little confidence in the Sheriff Dept, who do you call when someone, most likely an innocent beach goer, is trying to break into your home in the middle of the night? Or do you handle that sort of thing yourself?
Douglas Martin October 02, 2012 at 11:19 PM
The majority of the San Clemente OCSD deputies I have had contact with over the years have been arrogant jerks. Cops, by their nature, do not trust non-cops but the SC deputies take it a few steps further, from treating civilians with blatant disrespect all the way to shooting them. Ride with these psychopaths? I try to avoid them. And yes I do take care of things myself.
Redd Cell October 02, 2012 at 11:30 PM
That's too bad. I have had very good experiences with San Clemente Deputies. In my experience they have always been respectful, curious, and genuinely interested in helping. Not everyone in the city is an upstanding citizen. There are more felons and parolees in San Clemente per capita than any other city in Orange County. With that in mind I'd say the Sheriff Dept in San Clemente is doing an excellent job.
Douglas Martin October 03, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Yes, Mr Cell, I agree that there are a couple of so's that are the kind of person I would want my son to look up. But unfortunately, the majority of my encounters with them have been... stressful. Example: I contacted OCSD-SC about an expensive item stolen from me. The so, in 30 seconds determined that I had a business relationship with the subject and therefore it was a civil matter. Two days later I called with new info. The so said, "If I get called here again, you're going to jail". Again no report. Ive got more. No I have never been arrested.


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