SJCCPD fires hiree

Patrick Loera

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Campus police officer Josh Lewis, the most recent officer to be terminated, was just about to finish up his probation period as a new officer when he was terminated for what sources say was unjust.

“I was told to do something by a superior, cleared it with my superior and completed the task,” Lewis said. “When I was questioned about the instruction by administration, I referred them to my supervisor who then denied knowing about it. Next thing I know, I’m being terminated.”

Although the exact instruction that caused his termination cannot be revealed yet, according to Lewis, the officer was only doing his job to the best of his knowledge without malintentions.

The officer is known by staff to be a positive influence on campus, always in good spirits and willing to help in any way possible.

“From the interaction that I did have with him, he seemed like he was very professional and pretty competent,” said SJCC Articulation Specialist Laura Garcia.

SJCC Director of Student Life Jennifer Sweeney said that she relies on campus police a lot in her position and had a lot of interactions with Officer Lewis.

“He was nothing but helpful. He wasn’ t abrasive, and I enjoyed working with him,” Sweeney said.

While the number of questions surrounding his termination continues to grow, his fellow campus police officers are refusing to comment on Lewis’ dismissal.

“Our campus police officers are the people that protect us (the students) on campus,” said sophomore Monica Hernandez, 27, a nursing student. “When officers are fired for doing what they are told, what does this tell us (the campus community) about the people in charge?”

According to CSEA (California School Employees Association), the union that represents the SJECCD police officers, are aware of the incident regarding the termination, but could not elaborate at the moment because of privacy issues.