Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Norwalk Juvenile Justice Facility Holds Benefit for LAPD Officer Ripatti on Sept. 20

At noon on Sept. 20, the Tactical Team of the Southern Youth Correctional Reception Center and Clinic (SYCRCC) will host the second of two benefits for Los Angeles Police Department Officer Kristina Ripatti. Officer Ripatti was shot during a traffic stop in May of this year. She remains paralyzed from her injuries. She had only recently returned to her LAPD duties after giving birth to a child. Her husband is also an LAPD officer.

Under the direction of SYCRCC Superintendent Cassandra Stansberry, the facility staff recently raised $1,000 to assist the Ripatti family. This second benefit, a barbeque lunch, is expected to raise an additional $1,500 for the Ripatti family. Local law enforcement and community dignitaries, including several top officials of the Los Angeles Police Department, have been invited to participate in this benefit event. The lunch is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Southern Youth Correctional Reception Center and Clinic is one of eight institutions in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice. The facility is located at 13200 S. Bloomfield Ave Norwalk, CA 90650. For more information on the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, please visit our website at http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/