REDLANDS - Elyzabeth Green is everything her job description requires her to be - a friend, a peer, a role model, a teacher, a counselor and much, much more.

Green has become the face of the Redlands Police Department and is the epitome of its Community Policing Division.

"You see a picture of her when you look at the community policing handbook," Police Chief Mark Garcia said. "She spends so much time and energy to make the community a better place. She is a part of the community."

Green, 33, has been a police officer for seven years, the last two in community policing.

"This is my passion," said Green, the mother of 10-year old Isiah. "I love working with people and it's a joy to work with kids.

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Green was born in Washington, D.C., and moved to Redlands at a young age. She attended Smiley Elementary and Cope Middle schools and graduated from Redlands High School.

"I have a vested interest," Green said. "There is something about Redlands. It has its good moments and its bad moments but it's a community that stands on its own. For me, it is like protecting what I love and fixing the things that I don't love."

Green, who is stationed at the Redlands Community Center, deals with kids and families every day. The official liaison between residents and the Police Department, her goal is to network, develop and maintain a trusting relationship with the community.

It's a good fit," Chief Garcia said. "There are a lot of young people there. Officer Green is very visible there. It's a good home base."

Green is always out and about. She visits schools about four times a month to talk with students of all ages, often doing read-alongs with the younger kids. This year she had a hand in the Redlands Safety Fair, the Celebration of Children, the Cesar Chavez Breakfast and both the Back to School Jam and the Christmas Block Party.

This was the second Back to School Jam for Green. Last year she helped hand out 200 backpacks and school supplies. This year she helped hand out 700 backpacks.

"At school sometimes there are things we take for granted, like backpacks, paper or a calculator," Green said. "We try to get the kids the basic stuff."

Green added, "A lot of time people don't know what to do or where to go. I want to give them the resources."

Green works with the Neighborhood Watch program and is active with the Redlands Unified School District's Student Advisory Board.

"This position is unique," Green said. "My department has given me the leeway to deal with the kids. I have been given a lot of support and they let me be creative. I am networking and I am doing it my way."

Green is also expected to conduct normal police work, often dealing with neighborhood disputes and situations that have not yet escalated.

"A lot of times the kids are caught in these situations," Green said. "I've got to protect the innocent and try to restore the peace. I have learned to balance it. I think helping the kids, being a friend and not becoming callous is important."


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