Police officers from Rosenberg, Meadows Place, Houston and Fulshear, the Fort Bend County EMS and the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, surrounded George Ranch High School on Tuesday morning.
From 9 a.m. to noon, hundreds of students from George Ranch, Terry, Texas City and Angleton high schools had the opportunity to participate in the Law Day.
The idea of Law Day started with George Ranch law enforcement teacher Claudia Urbina six years ago.
“I went to a magnet high school that focused on law enforcement, and they held a Law Week,” Urbina started. “Of course, we’re not going to do a whole week. So, in January, I started contacting different departments and agencies to make sure they could attend.
“The kids love this. They learn so much.”
Urbina explained that Law Day gives students the opportunity to see the different types of not only agencies, but divisions of what they actually do.
Senior Thomas Castellano said when he graduates, he will begin working in law enforcement.
“I want to work in the Rosenberg jail,” Castellano said. “And then once I turn 21, I’ll go to the police academy so I can become a police officer.”
Senior Dalen Swain said when he graduates, he’s going to join the U.S. Army. “I’m all about coordination around here,” Swain boasted. “I definitely helped set things up. I make sure everyone is where they should be.”
Rosenberg Police Community Resource Officer Mike Bradley offered free mugs to students who answered law-related questions correctly. When asked the blood alcohol content level was considered as intoxicated, sophomore Anthony Leon originally said 0.8.
“That’s when you’re dead,” community resource officer Justin Rogers interjected with a laugh.
“Oh, uh, 0.08,” Leon said, correcting himself. Leon left the RPD tent with a mug in his hand and a smile on his face.
“It’s great seeing these kids want to learn about safety and law enforcement,” Bradley said. “I see a lot of bright futures here.”
Students also had the opportunity to sit inside the SWAT truck and climb aboard the Fort Bend County EMS Am-Bus.
After Law Day, the George Ranch culinary class prepared a lunch for the law enforcement officers.
“I joke that the different departments and agencies come back every year because we feed them, but this year the U.S. Army sponsored the luncheon,” Urbina revealed. “They like coming back just as much as we enjoy having them here.”