Beyond the Badge, Community Involvement

OCS agent, sergeant inspire Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts and three correctional staff wearing uniforms.
Agent Karen Mory from Office of Correctional Safety, left, and Sgt. Leticia Espinoza, far right, from speak to Girl Scouts along with Officer Perlita Cartago, standing in the center at back.

When Mule Creek State Prison Correctional Officer Perlita Cartago, who also leads a Girl Scout troop, read Agent Karen Mory’s story in Inside CDCR, she reached out for help. She asked if the agent could possibly help her educate and inspire the young scouts.

Sgt. Leticia Espinoza joined forces with Mory to give the scouts a well-rounded presentation on law enforcement. Espinoza works in the Investigative Services Unit at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison.

Story sparks talk to scouts

“I wanted to share with you our visit with Agent Karen Mory and Sgt. Leticia Espinoza. Thanks to you guys sending my info to Agent Mory, we scheduled her to meet my Girl Scouts. They shared information about their jobs and what they do for the community,” Cartago said. “Our girls got to meet two awesome women. The girls learned about prisons, CDCR, Investigative Service Units, ATF, FBI and many more law enforcement agencies. The girls had a lot of questions and a lot of stories. All in all, we think the girls were really fascinated with what they learned.”

The CDCR employees also focused on steps the girls could take to stay safe.

“They also taught them how to defend themselves in case of danger. They even learned that girls can do anything if they put their heart and soul into it. Thank you Agent Mory and Sgt Espinoza for your hard work and wonderful presentation. Also thank you to Troop 357 and Troop 3108 for joining us.”

Volunteered their time

Sgt. Espinoza and San Diego-area based Agent Mory happened to be in Sacramento for training. This allowed them to volunteer some spare time to speak with the scouts at their Roseville meeting on April 5.

“I invited Agent Mory after I saw her incredible story on Inside CDCR News. I wrote a comment to her about how I think she is amazing and would love her to meet my scouts. Thanks to you guys, Agent Mory got in touch with me and we scheduled everything out,” Cartago said.

By Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor
Office of Public and Employee Communications

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