By DAPO staff
Photos courtesy Justin Rudd
More than 8,000 people meandered through the fourth annual Touch a Truck event in Long Beach, allowing them to get up close to over 100 vehicles on display. Kids climbed in and got behind the wheel of the state parole transport vehicle while parole agents engaged with the public.
The event, hosted by community activist Justin Rudd and Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price is one of the largest events in Long Beach.
It was a great opportunity for the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO), Parole Agents to meet the public and to engage in positive dialogue on topics related to community re-entry services for parolees such as employment, substance abuse, education, mental health, cognitive skills development and family focused services, according to DAPO organizers.
Parole agents handed out coloring books, pencils and key chains to the children.
Chief Deputy Regional Administrator Enrique Gonzalez discussed community partnership with Price who was supportive of DAPO’s presence in the event.