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St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office Awarded Grant Aimed at Reducing Juvenile Crime

by KQKInews
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St. Mary Parish Sheriff Gary Driskell says that addressing juvenile crime in St. Mary Parish is a priority of his, adding that he is committed to taking proactive measures to steer youth away from criminal activities.

Recognizing the importance of early intervention, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office applied for and was awarded the Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative Grant a few months ago. The grant aims to reduce violent crime in rural areas by implementing strategic programs and interventions.

Lt. 1C Oscar West was selected to lead the organization and implementation of the grant. Under his leadership, resources have been mobilized and a comprehensive program has been developed and is being implemented. The program emphasizes collaboration with various agencies and stakeholders, to ensure a multifaceted approach to juvenile crime prevention.

The initiative focuses on the following key areas:

๐—˜๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต: Implementing a program in schools to teach students about the consequences of crime and the importance of making positive life choices.

๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: Providing mentorship opportunities and coaching at-risk youth to offer guidance, support, and positive role models.

๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ข๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ Partnering with local organizations, such as non-profits, religious institutions, and recreational centers, to create positive opportunities for our youth.

๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€: Building positive relationships between law enforcement and youth through community policing initiatives and interactive programs that foster mutual respect and understanding.

By implementing the above strategies, the sheriff’s office says it aims to create a safer environment for the youth of the parish by guiding them away from crime and towards productive and fulfilling futures. The sheriff’s office says that tackling juvenile crime is a difficult task. “It WILL take all of us: law enforcement, court system, educational system, the faith-based community, non-profit organizations, parents, grandparents, and the list goes on.”

Sheriffย  Driskell issued a simple request to everyone,ย “๐‘ณ๐’๐’๐’Œ ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’‚ ๐’˜๐’‚๐’š ๐’•๐’ ๐’Š๐’๐’—๐’†๐’”๐’• ๐’Š๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’† ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚ ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’”๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’๐’…๐’‚๐’š.”


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