OCDE students team up with local police for exhibition football game

A group shot of students, educators and law enforcement representativesWe’re still reeling from the touchdown-fest that ended with a 54-51 L.A. Rams victory over the Kansas City Chief on Monday night. But another gridiron showdown played a few days earlier might prove to have a greater long-term impact.

On Friday, Nov. 16, students from the Orange County Department of Education’s alternative education program teamed up with members of Cal State Fullerton’s police department for a flag football game on the CSUF campus.

Students, educators and law enforcement representatives

CSUF University Police Capt. John Brockie (top left), Youth Guidance Center Probation Officer Larry Baril, University Police Capt. Scot Willey, OCDE paraeducator Ray Green and University Police Chief Raymund Aguirre take the field with students from OCDE’s ACCESS program.

The fourth annual event was co-organized by OCDE paraeducator Ray Green, who billed the goodwill exhibition as a way to help students in OCDE’s Alternative, Community, and Correctional Education Schools and Services program — better known as ACCESS — build positive relationships with law enforcement.

“Through this experience my hope is that the students will understand that police officers are a positive part of their community and are here for their benefit,” Green told the OCDE Newsroom. “This is also an opportunity for our ACCESS students to have the experience of being on a university campus.”

And not for the last time. ACCESS students have been invited to return to CSU Fullerton at a later date to tour the campus and learn more about the educational programs they might want to pursue after high school.