Watsonville Police Department Receives Grant for Caminos Hacia el Exito Program

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The Board of State and Community Corrections approved a proposal to give the Watsonville Police Department (WPD) a grant award of $900,000 to implement the Caminos hacia el Éxito Program.  This program gives Watsonville youth between the ages of 10 to 17 years old who commit a first offense the opportunity to stay away from the juvenile legal system by redirecting them to evidence based treatments.

These funds will help approximately 50 youth per year.  The youth are provided with case management, Teen Peer Court, Neighborhood Accountability Board, therapy, counseling, mentoring, tutoring and pro-social activities.  Our goal is to intervene in the escalation of criminal behavior at an early age by making them accountable for their actions and engaging them in positive activities.  The program was successful between 2012 and 2014, for example, during that period:

  • 229 youth participated
  • 96% completed the program
  • 89% of the youth who completed the program did not re-offend within 6-12 months after completion
  • The youth completed 6,795 hours of community services

We plan to continue the success of this program and want to take this opportunity to thank our partners: Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Neighborhood Services Division, Santa Cruz County Probation Department and the community for their support.  For more information, please call (831) 768-3300.

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