By Kionna Mau / Contributing Writer
Reyes, 22, and Harris, 35, both born and raised in Long Beach, have been partners for six months, working 10-hour shifts at LBCC.
Interviewed Tuesday, the duo multitasked and continued to ensure protection for the public.
“It’s always one of our goals as law enforcement officers to interact and grow a better relationship with our community,” said Reyes with a smile. “Crime occurs everywhere whether it be here at the LAC or the PCC, we are always alert and ready.”
Harris said, “We’re not here just to take people to jail or write tickets. People may not like us nor want to approach us, but we’re always on duty to help. I wish things were different and I wish people didn’t feel uncomfortable around us.”
In a bulletproof vest, Harris said, “With all of our resources on us, our best tools are our verbal tools.” The authority figures aim to remove the stereotype that officers have by adding, “I would like to have a body camera on me to make situations safer, back up credibility and I think all of law enforcement would benefit from them.”
“Everyone comes to LBCC to get an education, so our police presence is usually enough,” said Reyes, studying to obtain his bachelor’s in sociology with a minor in criminal justice at Cypress College.
Reyes described his education in sociology as a resource on the job by, “Helping to understand a person’s reasons to a crime. The more information you have, the better when going into the situation while everyone else is running from the problem.”