(Apple Valley)– Already leaders in efforts to reduce juvenile crime, the Apple Valley Police Department will soon add a Juvenile Gang Prevention Officer and implement a new awareness program to 2,400 5th and 6th graders in Apple Valley, thanks to a $249,000, two-year grant.
Funded by the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program, the grant focuses on juvenile gang prevention and strategies. Deputy Darren Gilmore has worked with the youth in our community for five years in the Apple Valley Police Activities League (AVPAL) and SHOCK programs, and will be reassigned to the new position. He will attend training on the school-based programs and begin offering them to students in the fall.
Other elements of the grant include curfew enforcement, gang suppression activities, and support of AVPAL efforts, focusing on education and career/job training.
“Our main goal is to reduce the gang influence on the youth of Apple Valley and to provide programs and activities to better prepare them for our future,” explained Captain Lana Tomlin. “This grant gives us the resources to do that.”