Oceanside CA– On Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Oceanside Police School Resource Officer Justin Romano and San Diego County Probation Officer Claudia Romano delivered a 2 hour-long presentation to local college students. As part of the students Juvenile Justice Class, Criminal Justice Instructor Matt Lyons from Central Texas College arranged for both officers to speak to the students about their respective jobs and their roles as they deal with Juvenile Offenders.
School Resource Officer (SRO) Justin Romano is a 9-year veteran of the Oceanside Police Department and former San Diego County Probation Officer. He is currently assigned to the police department’s SRO Unit and works daily with high school students.
Probation Officer Claudia Romano is a 9-year veteran of the San Diego County Probation Department and she is assigned to the Extradition Unit where she travels throughout California and the United States extraditing juvenile offenders back to San Diego County, California.
The students, who are from the local Central Texas College – Satellite campus located at the nearby Camp Pendleton, were given the opportunity to learn first hand how the each agency deals with juveniles, the Juvenile Courts System, and what happens to a offenders once they are introduced into the system. Additionally, they learned more about the various diversion programs to curb recidivism in juvenile offenders and what it takes to be a School Resource Police officer and or a Juvenile Probation Officer.
Central Texas College (CTC) is a two-year college. The main campus is headquartered in Killeen, Texas and operates six total campuses: the Continental Campus (Which includes the Camp Pendleton Campus), the Fort Hood & Service Campus, the Navy Campus, and the Far East Campus. These campuses provide support to students worldwide and offer a full range of degree programs and services to students, which include providing active military and retirees an opportunity to attend college at their respective bases, serving over 70,000 students per semester worldwide. It is a public, open admission community college offering associate degrees & certificate programs in academic, professional and vocational/technical fields.
The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and certificates of completion accredits Central Texas College.