“In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.” – Albert Einstein
Our superheroes on the criminal justice team, comprised of David Danzig ‘16, Anthony Monte’16, Darrin Johnson ’14, Ricky Butler’15, Joanna Cheshire ’16, Tim Pupke ’18, Steve Wagner ’18, Jennifer Nobles ’17, Adrian Arnold ’15 and Sean McGillen ’16., put together an action-packed day for the class.
First thing in the morning, right after a delicious breakfast sponsored by Chief Slaughter, everyone either felt empowered or scared, depending on perspective. We had the opportunity to examine and shoot a powerful firearm. The class heard from different arms of the Clearwater Police Department and got a firsthand view of K-9 demonstrations, vehicle displays, and more which are used to protect us in various situations.
Then, we were all hauled off to the Pinellas County Jail, where we were served a delicious lunch, courtesy of Sherriff Bob Gualtieri. We got the opportunity to hear from Sherriff Gualtieri and Chief Slaughter about all that is being done to protect citizens in Pinellas County. The class toured the facilities as well.
After the experience at the jail, it was time to experience the Pinellas County court system. We heard from State Attorney Bernie McCabe and Public Defender Bob Dillinger and witnessed a mock trial. Everyone saw firsthand the entire process and were totally overwhelmed by all that is involved. There was a renewed respect and admiration for law enforcement and all they do to protect and uphold the law, allowing us all to enjoy our freedom and safety.
Thanks to our superheroes on the criminal justice team who helped to put this day together. Sincerest thanks to all current LP members and alumni who protect us every day by upholding the law, risking your lives, and allowing us to enjoy the lives we do.