risk teens are tagging along with the Toppenish Police
The city is using
some of the funds from the "Gang Resistance Intervention Project" to get
students interested in law enforcement.
Right now, 16 cadets
in high school are going on ride-alongs and doing volunteer work in the
community. Coordinators said they also learn the importance of working as a
"We all know the
gang violence there," said Emily Robbins, a Gang Prevention Coordinator. "This
gives them something positive to do, and potentially leads to a career if they
enjoy law enforcement they can go ahead and go on to college or go to the police
This is the first
ever Police Explorers Program for Toppenish.
they hope to get more grant money so they can continue recruiting young teens
into the program.