National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is recognized on the fourth Thursday in April each year. this annual event is an educational program in the United States and Canada where parents take their children to work with them for one day. It is the successor to Take Our Daughters to Work Day which, in 2003, was expanded to include boys. Most companies allowed both girls and boys to participate since the beginning. The day was renamed "Take Your Child to Work Day."
This year, our Central Division hosted 30 boys and girls who participated in several activities throughout the day. We started the day off with a presentation from the Bureau of Information Technology team about the parts of a computer tower. The kids listened intently while munching on donuts and had a quiz afterward.
Next, everyone gathered outside for a demonstration by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department bomb dog, "Wolf", and his handler, Detective Brad Phillips. Detective Phillips hid a metal device containing all of the ingredients for a live bomb, with the exception of the igniting mechanism. Wolf sniffed out the device, sat down, and was given a "treat" of a red ball.
The kids then saw an undercover police car. Senior Investigator Amanda Holloway turned on the lights and sounded the siren for the kids while Veronica Parham opened the trunk and explained the necessity of the safety equipment. The kids also got to see a Mini-14 rifle.
The day continued with a trip to the San Bernardino Justice Center. The kids observed a preliminary hearing and toured a courtroom and its holding cells. The group returned back to the media room where Supervising Investigator John Vega gave a presentation on the collection of crime scene evidence. The kids asked a lot of great questions and really enjoyed looking at the "mock crime scene." Supervising Investigator Christine Murillo gave a lesson on how to roll fingerprints and fingerprinted each of the kids.
By this time the kids had all worked up a hunger and were able to spend the lunch hour with their parents.
After lunch, the children met with District Attorney Jason Anderson. He explained the many functions of the Court and District Attorney's Office. The children once again asked many great questions, including what the DA's favorite color is. In case you are wondering, it is dark blue or black.
Finally, Senior Investigator Mark Anderson gave a very informative and fun presentation on the dangers of social media and cell phones. The kids were sent back with their parents along with a goodie bag and cupcake to finish out the day with them.
Thank you to all the parents for sharing your children with us. A great big thank you to BIT, B of I, SBSD and Court personnel who assisted with demonstrations. A special thank you to Tera Sorensen, Kimberly Fuller, Melissa Murray, Denise Yoakum, Malina Medina and Jessica Planas for chaperoning the event. It was a fun filled day for everyone. The children learned a lot and have many memories they won't soon forget.