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Prevention Initiatives

The Office of Prevention Services, launched Youth/Law Enforcement Focus Groups known as G.A.A.P. Discussions, (Gaining Appreciation by Adjusting Perspectives), in 2012, with an emphasis on Schools & Community.  These discussions promote education, understanding & positive relationships between youth and law enforcement.  

  • Developing a positive, productive relationship between youth and law enforcement creates a better understanding, builds self-esteem in youth and focuses on issues youth experience on a daily basis. 
  • Promote reduced juvenile arrests & minority overrepresentation. 

  • G.A.A.P. Discussions allow us to explore & identify factors at risk youth are exposed to and follow up with prevention & intervention programs.  

  • Allows for Data Collection which provides measurable outcomes.