Cabrillo High School welcomed Long Beach Police Department Deputy Chief Richard Conant recently after he offered to visit the students and provide a glimpse of how LBPD is committed to serving their community and hearing their concerns.
Working with Cabrillo Dean of Students Lori Andrews, the deputy chief held a “community building circle” with about 500 students. He shared the story of his childhood, growing up in Compton with his grandmother and uncle, and the struggle that he had as a youth being tempted by gangs. He invited guests including Melanie Washington, the Founder of MATFA (Mentoring A Touch From Above), a mother who had lost her son to gang violence.
Deputy Chief Conant and the LBPD are part of Cabrillo’s Restorative Justice Task Force, composed of community members and organizations committed to supporting students and helping them build community.
“The event was so successful that the chief asked to come back and hold more community building circles with students on a regular basis,” Andrews said.