When I first moved to Costa Mesa I attended the Costa Mesa Police Department Citizen's Academy.
What a great program. I met many from the CMPD who I have grown to know over the past years. After attending the academy and getting to know those who serve and protect, a spark was lit within me. It was a spark of realization that I had to become part of keeping the city, which I now call home, a great place to live and raise a family.
During my first police ride-along with Officer John Gates, I took on a completely different view and attitude toward the job of law enforcement. I did not grow up in California and my perception (from youth on) of police was one of not being there to help but to enforce and bust a head if needed. The ride-along showed me the compassionate, willing-to-help-others side.