Good News Story Idea from the Redlands P.D.
By Renee Groese
If you were fresh out of high school and considering pursuing
a career in public safety would you take the opportunity to
experience the field firsthand? I'm not talking about just a
"ride along" with a police officer or firefighter. I'm talking
about intense, dramatic, exciting, gut wrenching, life-saving
experiences that will take place over a week's period of time.
On July 27, a handful of teens who graduated from high school
this year and who are interested in pursuing a career in public
safety will have that opportunity at the third annual Redlands
Emergency Services Academy (RESA).
For one week, teens who applied for RESA will spend time with
Redlands police officers and firefighters. RESA students will
roll up their sleeves and delve into law enforcement and fire/paramedic
work. They will learn the ins and outs of police and fire work.
They will learn and participate in SWAT (special weapons and
tactics) exercises, they will learn defensive tactics, they
will learn how to conduct high risk traffic stops, they will
learn how to beckon to a suspect inside a burning building and
get him to come out, and then they will put out the fire. They
will rescue people from high rise buildings and they will participate
in a variety of other police and fire drills.
This is the third year in a row for the RESA program. RESA is
a collaborative effort between Redlands Police, Redlands Fire,
Redlands Unified School District, University of Redlands, Redlands
COMPACT, Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino Valley College
and and a host of businesses and volunteers. These partners
have devoted an entire week of teaching teens who believe they
want to be in public safety the ropes.
Now that you have read this, doesn't this appear to be a great
opportunity not just for inspiring teenagers, but for television
media as well to do a "good news" story?
My last column
I talked about how difficult it is to get the TV media to Redlands
for good stuff. (If it succeeds it should lead) How does this
sound? If you are interested, please by all means contact me
so I can schedule a day, time and place for you to come out
and cover this exciting program.
Please call Renee Groese, Public Info Specialist for the Redlands
Police Department, at 909-798-7633. You can also email me at
We would be honored and you would add even more exicitement
to the teens if they had the chance to show off what they learned.
This program succeeds, please consider leading with it in your
About the Author
Renee Groese is a Public Information Officer for the Redlands