By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– For the first time ever, 1st District Supervisor Robert A. Lovingood has expanded the Sheriff’s highly successful SHOCK program to communities across the Victor Valley.
“I’ve seen the truly amazing results of the SHOCK program and am happy to extend the program to unincorporated communities in the Victor Valley as well as Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto,” Lovingood said. “SHOCK has a 70 percent success rate and is a remarkably effective use of taxpayer dollars.”
Created in 2007 by the Apple Valley Police Activities League, SHOCK is a juvenile intervention program that meets three nights a week for 10 weeks. The program focuses on youth between 13 and 17 and instills the values of Self-discipline, Honor, Obedience, Character and Knowledge. SHOCK targets the negative influences facing today’s youth including drugs, gangs, teen pregnancy and communication issues with peers and parents.
The evening classes are held in Apple Valley and consist of approximately 90 minutes of physical activity and 90 minutes of classroom instruction. The physical activity is designed to promote teamwork and improve impulse control.
The classroom portion is taught by SHOCK staff and speakers from the community. Members of the Army and the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow also assist. Guest speakers have included doctors, detectives, members of the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office, Apple Valley Gang Unit, San Bernardino County Probation and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
“An important part of SHOCK’s success is that parents are involved in Parent Project classes,” Lovingood said.
Local sheriff’s stations have already selected participants for the 15th SHOCK class. Classes are set to begin Sept. 8.