From left, Officers Mony Lesoon, Frank Gudani and April Saucedo gather in their new community, the student housing complex.
Smiling and friendly, sometimes on bikes and sometimes strolling, the three young people fit right in with the students in the pleasant, leafy environment of the university's student housing complex on the campus' east side.
Granted, the uniforms are not regulation student attire. But Officers Frank Gudani, Mony Lesoon and April Saucedo are mixing business with the pleasant work of making new friends. Chosen to launch the University Police Department's new Housing Community Policing Program on September 7, the three are making sure their adopted neighborhood is as secure as it is friendly.
Two officers will be assigned to the housing area four nights a week, from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.
"In order for CSUN's university police to effectively enhance the safety of our students in the housing area," said Chief of Police Anne Glavin, "we must be more proactive and prevent crime before it happens."
The idea behind the new initiative, she said, is for the student housing community and the police to form a lasting partnership in which crime prevention strategies are developed together.
The officers will introduce themselves around the housing community, attending house meetings and striking up conversations with residents. Student residents are encouraged to invite them to meetings, study breaks and socials, getting to know them as individuals who belong to the community.
An avid Scuba diver who competed in both the Los Angeles Marathon and the Rosarita to Ensenada bicycle race, Officer Gudani's previous assignments included the Glendale Community College Police Department.
Officer Lesoon worked for the Riverside Police Department before coming to Northridge. A former Marine sergeant with interests ranging from basketball to weight training, Lesoon is the department's expandable baton and defensive tactics instructor.
One of three female police officers in the department, Officer Saucedo previously served with the Bell Gardens Police Department. Saucedo is a state certified sexual assault investigator with experience in multi-agency operations, such as a California Highway Patrol sobriety checkpoint task force.
For information about the program, call Chief Glavin's office at (818) 677-2201, or the office of Lieutenant Glynn Martin, night commander, at (818) 677-6257. Officers Gudani, Lesoon and Saucedo can be contacted directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (818) 677-2107.
@csun | September 7, 2004 issue
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