CALIFORNIA CITY – Operation Safe held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome community members to their new store dedicated to law enforcement and public safety.
Owned by Jessica Rojas and Will McMillen, the store originally opened in May 2021 and has been working to get their building up to code and powered. Ready for their grand opening, the owners invited the California City Police Department and California City pageant queens to cut the ribbon.
Mayor Jeanie O’Laughlin and members of the city chamber congratulated the owners, and customers were ready to start purchasing memorabilia and work accessories.
Rojas, who has several years of retail experience, said the idea was in the works for a while. The real work was finding a building and getting uniforms for several different law enforcement agencies.
“My brother worked in law enforcement, and I’ve worked with a company like this before, so I wanted to bring it to California City and serve as a one-stop place,” Rojas said.
Rojas and McMillen have been business partners for over five years and want to bring a family-first feeling to the store. Family members attended the event as well and helped behind the counter as the public looked at new items.
“It feels good to have the community support and support from the police department,” Rojas said. “We hope for longevity, to be here five to 10 years from now.”
Operation Safe will offer uniforms, boots, patches, and other accessories for members of public safety jobs including the California City police and fire departments, the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, city EMTs, construction workers and hope to add more items for city employees.
“We look forward to serving the community, we plan to broaden our horizons,” Rojas said.