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Sacramento Police Working to Help Our Youth

The Sacramento Police Department realizes that to really make an impact on crime, we have to start early and reach the youth in our community.

Sacramento Police officers, both on and off duty are participating in various programs that seek to mentor, educate, and provide positive activities to the youth in the City of Sacramento. “The commitment our officers have to the youth in the community is truly impressive and a reflection of the quality personnel that make up the Sacramento Police Department,” said Chief Rick Braziel.

School Resource Officers/Criminal Justice Magnet Academy– Officers are assigned to various schools in partnership with the Sacramento City Unified School District. In their capacity they mentor, counsel, and protect the kids in their assigned school sites. The Magnet Program is a four-year program that is a “school within a school” which is law enforcement focused. Magnet participants must perform 50 hours of community service per year and uphold various required standards.

Youth Advisory Committee– This police department committee is comprised of youths from various schools in the city. Its goal is to educate the youth on current trends, issues, and procedures that are relevant to the police and youth. The program strives to develop leadership skills and have the youth provide constructive opinions and advice to the Chief of Police.

Sacramento Police Activities League– SacPAL is a non-profit organization that teams police officers with the youth of Sacramento. Officers and coaches mentor and guide youth in activities such as arts and crafts, athletic competition, physical education, social skills, civic participation, basic technology literacy, and leadership training. For more information, visit www.sacpal.com. To support the rugby team, email sacpdpalrugby@yahoo.com.

Luther Burbank High School and SacPD Youth Mountain Bike Team / Club– In the 2006-2007school year, a mountain bike club was started in a partnership with the Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD), in an effort to engage youth in extracurricular activities,. The club’s emphasis is to get area youth engaged in fitness and teamwork, while exposing them to mentoring and positive role models from Sacramento Police officers and SCUSD teachers. Now in its 5th year as a program, the club receives most of its equipment from generous donations as well as refurbished unclaimed property. The competitive team is currently comprised of Luther Burbank High School students, while the club includes youth from around Rosa Parks Middle School in an effort to introduce them to mountain biking and prepare them for team participation when they reach high school. The program would not be possible without the wonderful officers and teachers who have volunteered through the years. If you would like further information about the program visit , www.hookit.com/members/burbankmtb

Kops-N-Kids– Members of the Sacramento Police Department participate with this organization, which provides over 300 children ages 9-13 with a weeklong summer sports camp. Kops-N-Kids is celebrating its 25th year. The children attending camp choose from seven different sports and receive curriculum in gang resistance, drug awareness, bullying issues, violence prevention, and gun avoidance. The program is made possible by fundraising events and donations. Registration for the
June 20-24, 2011 camp located at Rosemont High School starts March 15, 2011. Total camp cost is $32.00, which includes bussing, hot breakfast, lunch, snack, T-shirt, backpack, and prizes. For more information, visit www.kopsnkids.com.

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