Current and former SPED students combine ASL training and law enforcement

Author: Steve Macaris
February 10, 2022
SPED student
Photo Credit: Rayleen Perez

Student Rayleen Perez graduated from San Francisco State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. Rayleen was an integral part of the SPED 688 & 89 community while at SFSU and still leverages her American Sign Language (ASL) in her work as a police officer. Just last week Rayleen graduated from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Police Academy and is working full time for the Daly City Police Department.

Recently, ASL lecturer Peter DeHaas introduced current SPED 689 student and Criminal Justice Major Rhay Osias to Rayleen to have an informational interview about the process of becoming a cadette. As a result of his informational interview with Rayleen, Rhay is now a part of the Daly City Police Explorer Program. This program will give Rhay the foundation he needs to get his pursuit of becoming an officer to the next level.  Congratulations Rayleen and Rhay for their commitment to ASL and their passion and commitment to work in the field of law enforcement! These are the kinds of connections students in Special Education classes make!