Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Saying Good-bye To Jess Gilman - Again

It was with great sadness that I learned today that my friend, Officer Jess Gilman, a stalwart within the Costa Mesa Police Department for decades and a legendary School Resource Officer, has found it necessary to depart Costa Mesa - again.

Some will recall that Jess retired a little over a year ago.  I wrote about it HERE.  Then, he found a way to come back on a part-time basis a few months later and I wrote about that HERE.

During the summer the decision was made to cancel the Costa Mesa School Resource Officer program, but Jess returned for this semester on a temporary basis.

Today is his final day and this time it looks like he's gone for good.  His new business interests - which now will be providing School Resource Officers to every school in Beverly Hills - demand more of his time.

One more time, thank you to Jess Gilman, who has defined the role of School Resource Officer in our area.  He was more than a cop just doing his job.  He became a trusted friend to many of the kids he encountered every day and a strong partner in the education process in the schools he served.  Adios, amigo... you will be missed.

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Blogger kwahlf said...

I am sad to see him go.
Jess is an excellent SRO and mentor to our kids.
He's made a big, positive impact on my son throughout his years at Estancia HS.
We will miss you, Jess- a lot!
Beverly Hills is lucky to have you.

11/26/2013 02:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

This wonderful man will be missed sorely, by everyone.

11/26/2013 07:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Robin Leffler said...

We will really miss him when we see how hard it is to keep the gangs and stupid kid tricks in check without resources to head kids off before they go too far.

Kind of like the way we are seeing the proliferation of problems in neighborhoods near drug and alcohol rehab facilities. When the cat’s away, the mice will play! It was bad policy to cut the police force just when crime-causing elements were increasing.

It is self-destructive policy to end the SRO program. People who don’t remember what it was like before the program have no idea what an inhibition to youth crime this has been.

11/27/2013 09:19:00 PM  

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