Hsi Lai Temple and LA Sheriff’s Dept Join Forces
【人間社記者 Lorena Aguilar Los Angeles報導】 2017-10-17
  • 圖說:Division Chief Parra announced a new initiative that would strengthen the working relationship between religious organizations and law enforcement. 人間社記者Yifan Wang攝

  • 圖說:Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 4th Division met with local religious leaders. 人間社記者Yifan Wang攝

  • 圖說:Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 4th Division met with local religious leaders. 人間社記者Yifan Wang攝

  • 圖說:Public Infomration Officer Jeremy Tolen, Town Sheriff Jose Ruano, and Venerable Youheng explored ways to introduce the work of the local sheriffs to the temple's youth. 人間社記者Yifan Wang攝

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department 4th Division met with Hsi Lai Temple and 12 other religious leaders on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, to announce their interest to collaborate with faith-based organizations.

Hsi Lai Temple representatives Venerable Youheng and Gena Ooi attended the meeting at the Sheriff's department in City of Industry Sheriff's Station. Eric Parra, 4th Division Chief of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, announced a new initiative that would strengthen the working relationship between religious organizations and law enforcement. This would involve cooperation from religious groups due to their ability to reach people and to act as liaisons between state social services and those in need.

"We would like to communicate issues from your congregation onto the Sheriff's Department, so they can better serve the interest of the community," said Division Chief Parra.

An issue discussed during the meeting pertained to homelessness. Religious leaders were asked to join the Sheriff Department's efforts to help the homeless population. The Sheriff's Department would provide training to local religious groups in understanding the procedure of the sheriffs in dealing with homeless and to also introduce available resources.

"We want to take it to the next level where we're not just providing clothing and showers, but getting [the homeless] out of their situation," said Division Chief Parra.

In addition to providing resources, the temple is exploring ways to introduce its Boy Scout Troop 8888 and other outreach youth programs to the work of the local Sherriff's Department in areas such as mountain rescue.

Venerable Youheng said, "Some of the deputy sheriffs are excited to come to the temple to give a talk to our Boy Scouts and at other youth programs."
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department welcomed the idea to meet with the temple's youth.

"When the Boy Scouts are out at one of their remote camp grounds, they [mount rescue teams] can come out and talk to them," said Division Chief Parra, "We’re very capable of that."

For more information about Boy Scout Troop 8888, go to: www.facebook.com/Troop8888.