On Monday November 9, four Police Academy Magnet cadets, Officer Joel Frias, Alise Cayen and three members of a non-profit organization called TKO (Turning Kindness On) loaded crates full of children’s book up in a police van and headed out to Van Nuys Division. It was an event that had been in the works since Alise Cayen, Reseda’s Police Academy Magnet Coordinator saw Topanga Division’s children’s room first hand at their grand opening ceremony.
Ms. Cayen was so in awe over the room’s aesthetics and so moved by the story behind the mural that it was at that event that she promised to donate a copy of a her children’s book to each Valley Division’s juvenile soft room before my book had even been released. Soon after the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation found out about her book donation plan, they joined in; donating more than 300 additional books and suddenly, the police academy had crates full of books for every Valley Bureau’s children’s room, which their cadets artistically decorated.
Ms. Cayen wanted to learn more about these rooms and more importantly, she wanted the experience to be a teachable moment for her cadets. Ms. Cayen and Officer Frias took four of their cadet leaders and representatives from the TKO Organization along to learn more about each station’s children’s rooms and give them crates full of books. With the support of all the Valley Bureau Captains and detectives, they were able to hit every Valley Division, meeting the captains in charge, touring each room and taking photos. It was a very rewarding day that was a learning experience for everyone involved.
The TKO Organization would like to pursue efforts to raise money so that every station can have a mural and more resources to make their juvenile soft rooms more pleasant for the young kids who use them.