Crime Prevention Specialist Celina Corley Honored by American Legion
Celina Corley began her new assignment as San Juan Capistrano’s first full time Crime Prevention Specialist in January of 2012. She was selected for this position because of her passion to work with the community, being a liaison for Law Enforcement through crime prevention efforts, community outreach programs / services, and to assist Law Enforcement by analyzing crime trends to ensure residents are equipped with the knowledge to guard against crime.
Since beginning her assignment in San Juan Capistrano, Celina has held numerous Neighborhood Watch Meetings in neighborhoods throughout the City. She has also organized several large community events including an outreach event in the Village San Juan community the involved over 500 residents and several community partners. Celina has also held outreach events in the Capistrano Villas community, partnering with Saddleback Church in a neighborhood clean up day and also a holiday event where shoes and school supplies where provided to underprivileged youth in the community. Celina’s outreach efforts in these neighborhoods have helped to foster better Law Enforcement / Community relations. This is evident by the fact that she now regularly receives anonymous tips regarding criminal activity and quality of life issues adversely affecting families in these communities.
In response to specific crime trends, Celina has organized Town Hall meetings in two separate communities in order to provide vital information to residents and to encourage residents to report suspicious activity. These meetings led to a citizen tip that ultimately resulted in the apprehension of a burglary suspect who was preying on those neighborhoods. The successful apprehension of this suspect highlighted her efforts and demonstrated to the residents that their partnership with Law Enforcement is crucial in keeping San Juan Capistrano safe.
Celina has also become a certified Car Seat installation instructor and she provides this service to all San Juan Capistrano residents, providing parents with the knowledge and skill to properly install and secure child restraint seats inside their vehicles. Celina is active in the business community of San Juan Capistrano with Business Watch as she speaks to business owners / operators regarding safety and crime prevention tips.
Another outreach Celina has been involved in is a six week teen academy. During this academy, students aged 14-18 were exposed to a variety of divisions within the Sheriff’s department including the Regional Training Academy, Jails, Patrol Operations, Crime Scene Investigation and the Explorer Post. Upon graduation from this academy, the majority of the students stated that they realized how important it is to stay in school and do well so they could pursue a career of their choice. The academy was a huge success and another is planned for this year.
In the short time that Celina has been San Juan Capistrano’s Crime Prevention Specialist, she has made a tremendous impact in the community. She has an outgoing personality and is a positive role model for all. In addition to the events she organized, Celina attended all of the special events in the city which included; the annual Rotary Club Car Show, Marriott’s Grand Opening, Swallows Day Parade, San Juan Summers Nights, 4th of July Celebration, Christmas Tree Lighting and Metro-link’s Holiday Train Celebration.
Celina has partnered herself with community based organizations such as CREER, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Saddleback Church, Sunburst Academy, San Juan Capistrano CHEC Family Resource Center, Mission Hospital, Latino Health Access & San Juan Capistrano Community Services Center. Together these organizations have provided several outreach programs in the community.
Celina recently received a commendation letter from Assistant District Attorney Tracy Rinauro stating that Celina has been a tremendous resource and asset to them for the San Juan Capistrano Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership program (GRIP). At a recent GRIP Parent Intervention meeting, GRIP intervened with 50 of the most at risk families from our five GRIP schools. Without any planning or script to read, Celina took the initiative and began educating the parents regarding their kids and drugs, gang involvement and the importance of staying in school. Celina’s participation was so effective that it allowed the parents to comfortably open up about their difficulties so they could receive the necessary outreach resources. GRIP also meets with most at-risk female students from our middle schools. The focus is gang prevention, self-esteem, and positive role models. Once again, Celina was a tremendous asset to the success of these meetings. Her keen ability allowed her to connect with the troubled female students. Celina earned the students’ trust and as a result GRIP has been able to assist these female students and help them stay away from gangs and to avoid being involved in criminal activity. Assistant District Attorney Tracy Rinauro ended the letter by saying; The Orange County GRIP program and the community of San Juan Capistrano are very fortunate to have the dedication and enthusiasm of Crime Prevention Specialist Celina Corley.