College Park, Ga. Recognized for Juvenile Delinquency Prevention

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State Grants $6,800 to Local Police

College Park, Ga. received $6,800 in funding from the Governor's Children and Youth Coordinating Council for enhancements to the police department's juvenile intervention programs.

The award was issued from Georgia's FY 1998 U.S. Department of Justice Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant allotment under the 1074 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

"College Park police officers have been working with residents and education officials to identify unacceptable behavior among high school youth in the neighborhoods," City of College Park Chief of Police Gary Yandura said. "Additional funding will effectively support these efforts and help us initiate crime prevention programs in the city's elementary schools as well."

According to Chief Yandura, an elementary school intervention program will educate students about the dangers of drugs, gang membership and youth violence and help protect them from contact with disruptive older youths. College Park's outreach will include law enforcement presentations, "drug dog" demonstrations, coloring books and videotapes. …