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By Lt. Roger Keener
Hayward PD receives $500,000 to continue gang-suppression work
-- Hayward Police Department (PD) is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant to continue its gang reduction efforts. In 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger announced the creation of the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention (Cal-GRIP) initiative to provide a comprehensive approach to addressing gang violence. Through this initiative, Hayward PD developed the Hayward Positive Alternatives for Youth (HPAY) program. Hayward PD has previously been awarded the grant which is due to expire at the end of 2012.
HPAY’s goals include increasing youth’s ability to resist violence and other negative behaviors, improved academic performance and reduced gang membership. The program provides age-appropriate services to Hayward’s elementary and high school students and their families. Partners in HPAY include the Hayward Unified School District, La Familia, the Choose College Education Foundation, Horizon Services and Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center. HPAY targets truancy, suspensions, expulsions and alcohol and drug abuse.
The two-year grant of $500,000 will help fund the continuation of a Gang Prevention Specialist and two Youth & Family Services Bureau (YFSB) case managers and the resources required by the HPAY partners to continue the program which has served more than 4,600 participants including youth, parents and teachers resulting in a much better understanding of the negative impacts of gang involvement and lower truancy and suspension rates.
For more information, contact Lt. Keener at Roger.Keener@hayward-ca.gov