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Redwood City Police, Redwood City School District, and Police Athletics League Schedule Gang Prevention Presentations

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Redwood City, CA - October 17, 2006 - Community safety is one of the top concerns of everyone who lives or works in Redwood City. The Redwood City Police Department, the Redwood City School District, and the Redwood City Police Activities League (PAL) share that concern and work every day to improve our community’s and our families’ safety and well-being.

These groups are pleased to announce an opportunity for community members to gain a better understanding of the critical issues and topics of juvenile gang prevention at home and at school at two Gang Prevention Presentations.

  • English language presentation:
    Wednesday November 15, 2006

  • Spanish language presentation:
    Thursday, November 16, 2006

Each presentation is from 6 to 8 pm in the Redwood City Police Activities League Community Center located at 3399 Bay Road in Redwood City. Presenters will be Gang Prevention Experts, Sergeant Sean Hart, Redwood City Police Department and Manuel Velarde, Redwood City Police Department Juvenile Specialist. Participants will receive valuable information to help them recognize signs that indicate their child may be involved in gangs, and what to do about it.

The presenters will help participants to understand the diverse nature of gangs, the social, economic, and cultural problems they pose, the community harm they cause, and how families, police, schools, and the community can work together to help kids be safe and stay out of gangs, and to reduce gang presence in our neighborhoods.

This collaborative program is part of the Redwood City Police Gang Abatement Plan and funded partly with a $15,000 United States Department of Justice grant that Redwood City Police Athletics League received through California State PAL as part of its Anti-Gang Initiative Program.

This workshop will include a light dinner for all and childcare for children age 3-12 upstairs in the PAL Community Center. Due to the limited available space, interested parents and community members are encouraged to reserve their space in this important and useful presentation. More information and reservations are available by calling Barbara Bonilla, Redwood City Police Activities League, at 650-780-7619, Diane Kizler, Redwood City School District, at 650-423-2274, or Manuel Velarde, Redwood City Police Department, at 650-780-7195.

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Manuel Velarde
Redwood City Police Department
(650) 780-7195

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