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Our Opinion: Probatin grant much needed

June 13, 2001

The Imperial County Probation Department may not get much publicity, but that does not take away from the importance of the service it provides. Probation officers provide an essential presence in the community and in schools.

For that reason we are pleased to hear the county Probation Department has received a grant of more than $513,000 to hire more probation officers to "complete the circle." What that means is a portion of the funding will go toward hiring three new probation officers, which will allow the department to place at least one probation officer in every school district in the county.

Probation officers on campus can and do keep their eyes on young people who may be starting to sway in the wrong direction and those who have already taken a step that way. They also can keep an eye on those youths who may not be getting the attention at home they deserve and will intervene if deemed necessary.

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County Chief Probation Officer Mike Kelley said another portion of the funding will go toward funding police athletic leagues for youths. And yet another portion will go toward expanding the Peer Court program, a success in the North County, into South County communities.

According to Kelley, the Probation Department could receive $500,000 each year for up to four years. That would men the programs funded will not come to an abrupt end after a year.

We have a proactive Probation Department in Imperial County that works effectively with schools to stop truancy and keep kids out of crime. Through the efforts of the department and youth activity programs such as those offered by police, youth crime can be reduced and young lives can be pointed in the right direction.

It is good to know local authorities are doing everything they can and becoming innovative in their efforts to cut youth crime. They are making a difference. We have seen those results in recent years and we should continue to see those results for years to come.

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