Serving the Community Beyond Law Enforcement!

Here’s a story of the LAPD assisting a mother with a terminal illness in throwing a quinceanera (a party in Latin American culture when a girl transitions into young womanhood at age 15) for her daughter Jazmine.  The LAPD Central Area police division has outreach programs around the area where she lives with her mother, Beatriz, a single mom working for a landscaping company.  It was at one of these outreach programs where Jazmine told a group of officers that her mother had a terminal illness and wished to give her daughter a quinceanera before she died.  When Sgt. Janet Kim heard Jazmine’s story she immediately took action and rallied her fellow officers along with local businesses to celebrate the teen’s transition.  Local businesses and community organizations all joined together to have a celebration that would indeed make the wishes of both the teen and her mother come true.  LAPD Community Relationship Division Captian Ruby Malachi told “The more people who found out about it, the more it grew. We had business owners from all over that wanted to make this a huge success for this little girl.”  A local clothing store provided Jazmine with a new dress and matching shoes to wear for her special occasion.  A limo picked her up and brought her to the Bella Sala Banquet Hall.  A caterer provided food for the party while a local bakery provided the cake.  You could even say the officers provided the entertainment by serenading Jazmine with the help of a mariachi band.  But all this paled in comparison to the mother-daughter dance shared by Jazmine and Beatriz.  Kim told “I could tell [Beatriz] was experiencing a little pain, but her smile was from ear to ear.  She did have to rest a lot, but she was like me – an emotional wreck the whole night.  I think it was definitely a dream come true.”  As for Jazmine, she was thankful to LAPD Central Area and humbled by the generosity of the business owners telling the news “I never expected this to happen.  I’m happy to be here having my party and I invited a lot of friends.”  Thank you to the LAPD who go above and beyond protect and serve their community.