Beyond the Badge, Community Involvement

Recruiters join Martin Luther King event

CDCR recruiters with others at a Martin Luther King event in Sacramento.
From left are Lt. Vanessa Melendez (SCC), left, Associate Warden Chance Andes (California State Prison-Sacramento), Sgt. Natalie Rocco (OPOS), Assistant Chief Steve Stone (OPOS), Officer Antonio Strayhorn (SQ), Sacramento County Sheriff Jim Cooper, Sgt. Timothy Dunham (CTC), Sgt. Chauncey Saffold (CTC), and Officer Jessica Huston (SQ).

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr, CDCR recruitment teams joined thousands of community members at the March for the Dream event on Monday, January 16. The annual event is one of three walking rallies in Sacramento to celebrate the civil rights leader.

CDCR staff from San Quentin State Prison (SQ), Correctional Training Facility (CTF), Sierra Conservation Center, and Office of Peace Officer Selection (OPOS) attended the event to honor Martin Luther King and to show community solidarity.

“The march means coming together in unity, no matter your race, religion or personal preference,” said Sgt. Dunham, CTF recruiter. “We all can come together and make a difference just like Dr. King did. Events like these create an opportunity for law enforcement to build positive relationships with the community and with community leaders. It shows that we are one community.”

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