Mesa Verde celebrates launch of public safety pathway

Group photo of Mesa Verde public safety pathway students, staff and CHPD officers Mesa Verde High School celebrated the launch of its new public safety pathway program for students interested in the criminal justice field. The program, launched in partnership with the Citrus Heights Police Department, has 53 students enrolled this school year.


“Our commitment is to keep students on the path to achieve their career goals,” said Colin Bross, principal at Mesa Verde. “Our partnership with the Citrus Heights Police Department is so valuable and we’re thankful for their support.”


Students enrolled in this course receive knowledge, skills and experiences to aid them in creating a future career in the law enforcement field. Students enrolled in the pathway program will conduct research into law enforcement related topics, including criminal law, civil law, ethics, leadership, court system operations, community relations, investigative reporting and effective communication.


“So far I’ve learned about search techniques and codes,” said Tristan King, a senior at Bella Vista High School who participates in the Mesa Verde pathway. King hopes to be a sheriff’s officer one day.


Students also experience hands-on training during an 18-week internship with the Citrus Heights Police Department and several other neighboring agencies. Nineteen of the students participating in the pathway are taking part in the advanced public safety course.


“It’s fun, exciting and gets me to the right path for a career,” said Haley Olsen, a senior at Mesa Verde.


Citrus Heights Police Chief Ronald Lawrence shared advice with the participating students and explained that there are many career options their experience in the pathway will help them with, including forensics, dispatching and law.


“These students are taking a brave, bold step and I’m excited for them,” said Chief Lawrence. “We see the future of Citrus Heights right here.”