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Triumph High School student sworn in as Chief of Cheyenne Police Department for a day

Published: Nov. 13, 2020 at 6:56 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A Triumph High School student, Jadera Mallo, won the Faith in Blue essay contest called “If I were a police chief how would I bridge the gap between the police and the community." Mallo is a junior in high school who wrote the essay to help better Cheyenne.

Triumph high school student, Jadera Millo (junior), puts on police gear as she gets ready for a...
Triumph high school student, Jadera Millo (junior), puts on police gear as she gets ready for a day as Chief of Cheyenne Police Department.(KGWN)

“We have a great city, but I think every city has their flaws, and I believe we can fix our flaws,” Mallo said.

Chief of the Cheyenne Police Department (CPD), Brian Kozak, took the role as assistant police chief for the day. Mallo was sworn in as CPD chief with goals to improve on animal life, homelessness, and mental health.

Cheyenne Police Department (CPD) Chief Brian Kozak, left, swears in Triumph high school student...
Cheyenne Police Department (CPD) Chief Brian Kozak, left, swears in Triumph high school student Jadera Mallo, right, as chief of CPD for a day.(KGWN)

“Bad mental health can lead to dark times in your life, and sometimes it’s just darker for others,” Mallo said.

One of Mallo’s many tasks for the day included going to a briefing of police officers. At the briefing, each officer submitted their best case of the month, which the sergeant reviews it. The officers would get certificates and even prizes for the cases.

Next, she attended traffic training. The training consisted of how officers should park their vehicles when making a traffic stop, and what dialogue they should use when speaking to a driver.

Then, she went to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter (CAS) to discuss the importance of spraying and neutering pets. Mallo got to tour the CAS and see where the animals are held before adoption.

Lastly, Mallo went to Triumph High School to speak to her peers and get feedback on how the police department can build its relationship with the youth.

“It’s important for the police department to stay connected to the community and a great portion of our community is our youth," Kozak said. "I think this program, our Faith in Blue program, which we’re probably going to do every year, is important to connect to the youth.”

Mallo says she wants to pursue a career as a counselor or in real estate.

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