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April 7, 2010 > Youth Violence Prevention

Youth Violence Prevention

Courtesy of Union City

Youth & Family Services Division recently conducted Union City's first-ever "Call-In" of felony probationers involved in youth violence in Union City. The purpose of the event was to bring in young men involved in youth violence and give them a simple choice: give up their violent acts and receive support services, or continue their violent lifestyle and receive the full attention of the law enforcement community.

The young men heard from Police Chief Greg Stewart; the Southern Alameda County Gang Task Force; Alameda County Probation; the Alameda County District Attorney; the US Attorney; a trauma nurse from Eden Hospital; two UC residents who are living with the loss of their sons; local clergy and the City's special consultant, Kevin Grant, a reformed "hard guy" who gave a riveting presentation to the gang members. In addition, there were many members of the UCPD special units and command staff, and members of the County Gang Task Force in the audience. The message was simple and compelling: the violence has got to stop.

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