In 2014, the Anaheim Police Department entered into a collaborative effort with Anaheim Fire & Rescue, and the Anaheim Union High School District in creating the Public Safety Pipeline program. The purpose of this class is to expose junior high and high school aged students to careers in Anaheim Public Safety. The class emphasizes character building, public service, communication, and teamwork, all of which are essential qualities for a successful career in public safety. The ultimate goal of the Pipeline is to spark student interest in Anaheim Public Safety careers with the hope of having them join the ranks of Anaheim's Public Safety Departments. This would go a long way in making the Departments representative of the community we are sworn to serve.
Last year, its inaugural year, the Pipeline was taught to one 7th grade class at Sycamore Junior High School. Taught once a week, the class exposed approximately 40 students, per semester, to the various facets of the Anaheim Police Department and Anaheim Fire & Rescue. The class was presented by police officers, firefighters, and professional civilian staff from both agencies. The classes went beyond the traditional police officer and fire fighter roles and included specialties such as forensics, dispatch, and fire prevention. Because of the efforts of these professionals, the program received the Golden Hub of Innovation Award from the Association of California Cities – Orange County in June of 2015.
In the 2014-2015 school year, approximately 80 Sycamore Junior High School students attended the Public Safety Pipeline Class. This year, 2015-2016, the class has expanded. While we still have the original 7th grade class, we have added an 8th grade class at Sycamore Junior High School. This will nearly double our annual reach from 80 to approximately 140 students. Through continued collaboration with AUHSD, the class will expand again in the 2016-2017 school year to add a second 8th grade class for a total of three classes per week. The following year, we plan to continue our expansion by maintaining the three classes per week at Sycamore Junior High School and adding a five day a week class at an AUHSD high school.
This aggressive expansion plan is necessary to maximize our reach and effectiveness. The program highlights the effectiveness of collaborative efforts between public safety entities and the School District.