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He grew up in Compton, where some of his boyhood friends ed gangs. Tustin police officer Robert Nelson was named Officer of the Year after a vote by his peers. Raised by a single mom, Nelson grew up in Compton where, he recalled, the presence of police portended only bad news. When his boyhood friends ed gangs, he learned to share their distrust of police officers.
Still, the athlete and honors student managed to stay focused on the future, ultimately attending Cal State Long Beach on a track scholarship and working jobs that would lead to his career. Andrew Birozy. There were a lot of people on the list far ahead of me in experience and accolades.
I just thought it was normal. I never wanted to go down that road, but I grew up with kids who got into gangs.
They were my friends and they remained my friends. But they never tried to talk me into ing. They were super supportive. They thought I was headed for the NBA or something. Some of them are still there — and still in gangs. I see them around when I visit my mom.
I percent think that — I was too busy. I played football, baseball, basketball and I ran track. So, yes, I was doted on. When I was four years old, my mother would sit me at the table with math books and teach me how to add and subtract. She was always trying to keep me one grade level ahead. I should be doing that with my daughter — I guess my mom was a better parent than I am! My mother and grandmother taught me to treat people how you want to be treated. I wanted a new challenge.
My teachers in Compton were always just pushing me through because I tried so hard. I was a straight-A student until I went to a different school district. Compton schools did not have the same quality of education, which really bothers me. Plus, I had never been around so many white people. In my Compton classes, everyone was black, Hispanic and Samoan.
I never socialized with Caucasians until I went to Torrance. It took some adjusting. Yes, I was a sprinter on the track team. She was a student athlete trainer who helped me with physical therapy when I got hurt. I started getting hurt more just so I could hang out with her. I worked for parks and rec in Lakewood as a community service officer.
I helped investigate crime scenes, did fingerprint analysis and took reports.
My boss told me about a similar job in the Tustin Police Department that had better opportunities. I started here in in public support, working the front counter. I got into the police academy the next year and trained to be an officer.
Mainly, I just always want to get better. That every day is different. I let the people I grew up with dictate my negative opinion about police.
Today I think about what a difference positive encounters with police officers could have made. Contact the writer: sgoulding ocregister. Show Caption. By Susan Christian Goulding sgoulding scng. More in News.Tustin california wife.
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