Measure G Supports Youth Prevention and Intervention Programs

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The Watsonville Police Department (“WPD”) is committed to reducing gang violence by focusing on youth “prevention” and “intervention” programs that reduce the escalation of negative behavior and prevent youth from joining gangs, programs such as the Police Activities League and the Caminos Program. Below is a description of both programs:

The Caminos Program: targets first time offenders between the age of 10 -17 years old and hold youth accountable for their actions through restorative justice. The family is offered case management, cognitive behavior therapy, counseling, mentoring, pro-social activities as well as the evidence based program, Guiding Good Choices.

The Police Activities League (PAL): is a youth crime prevention program that serves youth 4 to 20 years of age and it relies on educational, mentorships, athletic and other recreational activities to cement a bond among police officers, recreation leaders, youth and their parents.  PAL provides youth the opportunity to become a positive influence in their community.

The Board of State and Community Corrections awarded the WPD with a grant in the past three (3) years to support the Caminos Program and pro-social activities administered by the Police Activities League, a grant that is set to expire on December 31, 2014.  During the three (3) years, the WPD referred 239 youth; of those who agreed to participate, over 90% successfully completed the program.

In June of 2014, City voters approved Measure G, a sales tax that is dedicated to support police, fire and emergency services.  As part of the police services, Measure G will help sustain the Caminos Program and the Police Activities League after the grant expires.   The WPD is grateful to the Watsonville Community for continuing to support these successful programs that have become a vital tool in the prevention of youth gang violence.

For more information, please call the Watsonville Police Department at (831) 768-3300.

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