The Dalton Police Department presented a certificate and letter of appreciation to Dalton High School student Paola Vazquez for her help in presenting a class on crime prevention to Dalton residents. Ms. Vazquez was recommended for the recognition by Detective Brian Shirley who presented it to her in her ROTC class Wednesday morning. The honor was approved by Chief Jason Parker in November.
In September 2013, Detective Shirley was presenting a class called “How Not To Be A Victim” to a group of adults at the Mack Gaston Community Center as part of the Sharing Is Caring program. However, there was a language barrier between Detective Shirley and most of the group of more than 20 people. Ms. Vazquez was in attendance with a family member and offered to help Detective Shirley by translating his presentation into Spanish. Thanks to her help, the class was well received by the group of participants and Detective Shirley was able to share ways that they could protect themselves from crime.
In addition to the citizen commendation certificate, Ms. Vazquez received a letter from Chief Parker thanking her for her help in the community.