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At Risk Youth Teams Up With Toppenish Police Department

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TOPPENISH, Wash.--At risk teens are tagging along with the Toppenish Police Department.
 
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 team.
 
"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 academy."
 
This is the first ever Police Explorers Program for Toppenish.
 
Coordinators said they hope to get more grant money so they can continue recruiting young teens into the program.
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