Oroville High students get hands-on experience in law enforcement program

Mar 29, 2014 11:02 AM

There are a lot of different components when it comes to the criminal justice system, not to mention a variety of career choices. That's why Shane Rubinoff decided to start an Administration of Justice program at Oroville High School. He's been an investigator with the Butte County District Attorney's office for 16 years and wanted to show teens that they have options when looking for jobs.

"I love teaching. If these kids feel like after they've taken this class that they can go into law enforcement, that'd be great," he says.

Take Oroville High Senior Francisco Saavedra for example. He hopes to one day work in maritime law for the coast guard.

"We learned all about the different kinds of drugs and the effects they have on people, which really pertained to me in particular because in the coast guard that's what i want to specialize in is search and seizure of drugs on vessels," says Saavedra.

Students learn about how the court system works by doing mock trials and visiting prisons. They also get hands-on experience collecting and processing evidence. One element of the course is forensics, and part of that is learning how to lift fingerprints from a crime scene. The class is part of the regional occupational program and students who pass earn college credit. Unlike most classes, it's a year-long course. Some of Rubinoff's students have gone on to become local police officers and sheriff's deputies, and even work with him at the DA's office. Rubinoff says Pleasant Valley High School in Chico is the only other campus in Butte County that offers the same program.


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