A popular event held each year for youth on Juvenile Court probation has been canceled
so law enforcement officers, who participate in the program, can attend the public memorial
service for San Diego Police Officer Jonathan "JD" DeGuzman.
Passport to Life had been planned to be held this Friday at the San Diego City College
campus. A public memorial service for Officer DeGuzman is also scheduled for that day.
“Many probation and other law enforcement officers attend Passport to Life to show
support to our probation youth and to assist probation with this event. We were hearing from
Justice partners that their members wanted to attend the memorial for Officer DeGuzman.
With so many law enforcement agencies and officers wanting to show their respect, it seemed appropriate to cancel this year’s event and look forward to a 2017 program,” said Juvenile Court Judge Carolyn Caietti.
Passport to Life is a collaboration between the San Diego Superior Court and the County
of San Diego’s Probation Department along with numerous public and private organizations including the San Diego County Office of Education. Passport to Life is open to youth, 14 to 24 years of age, who are currently on probation or have a probation history. The event focuses on the importance of finishing high school, the value of obtaining higher education and of building work-readiness skills.
Chief Probation Officer Adolfo Gonzales said, “As much as we would like to move this
worthwhile event to another date in the immediate future, we are unable to do so. We look
forward to holding the program in 2017.”