BY MARINA PADILLA
On Dec. 3, Public Safety Academy (PSA) graduate, Steven Cherrington received $750 from the Lt. Keenan Scholarship. The check was presented to Cherrington by Peter Sturgeon (L) of the COD Foundation and Tim Nakamura of the Public Safety (R) Department at COD.
This particular scholarship is to help cadets graduating from level 2 module go on to level 1 module. “There are two ways to get into the level 1 module academy: being hired or self-sponsoring. I, myself, am self-sponsored.” Cherrington said. The academy can have pricey tuition and book fees.
“It was very surprising because there were other recruits who could have got this scholarship and it was very surprising that I’m the one that got the phone call.”, Cherrington added.
Since he was 13 Cherrington has been interested in helping out with the community. In 2012 he became interested in law enforcement. Cherrington stated that, “I did some research and I found out that COD offered what I wanted to do. I also found out that their academy had a lot of recruits that really thrive academically.”
Cherrington volunteers at the Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs police stations.
Right now, Cherrington is completing level 1 at Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Ben Clark Training Center. He says he would like to stay locally and in the long run he hopes to retire as either a sergeant, lieutenant, or captain. His educational goal is to achieve his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and masters in leadership.
“For any of those recruits that are in the program, it is a tough program. Don’t take anything personally because there are days where it will feel like you are being attacked and it’s not to make you feel bad, it is to make you stronger. If you put out 110 percent you get 110 percent, at the end of the day it will pay off.”, Cherrington said.