Upholding the traditional "Community Project" aspect of Basic Police Academies throughout the state, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office
Academy recruits have been working with each other for the last two weeks to identify an event that will demonstrate their dedication to the
community for which they will be serving. They have selected two events that will be held on Saturday August 19, from 8 am to 5 pm.
The first event will be a four-hour trash/shrubbery clean up at Murphy Springs Park in Morgan Hill. This particular park was selected as a
result of the contact made by the class president with the City of Morgan Hill Parks Department. This particular park has been identified by
the city as being in need of a major clean up to improve its community appeal. The dedication and assistance of our academy recruits will
ensure this park achieves the community appeal the city is hoping for.
The second half of the day will be a four-hour James Boys Ranch team-building project. As a result of the successful efforts to improve the
overall facility and landscaping appearance of the Holden Ranch, the Probation Department has set a goal to obtain the same results with the
James Boys Ranch. The residents of the Boy's Ranch are participating in a structured re-development program, which includes activities,
education, and trade exposure. Our academy recruits will be assigned to work with the boy's on a ratio of 2:1 to assist in the landscaping,
general clean up and rebuilding decorations. In addition to the labor involved with this project, each recruit will attempt to build rapport
with the boys and set an example for them to follow. This interaction between the future of law enforcement and boys in need of behavioral
rehabilitation has the potential to not only impact individual lives but the community as well.
Mike Sims, the director of the James Boys Ranch, is extremely excited about this project and is looking forward to future contacts between
his residents and the recruits attending the Justice Training Center.