The Police Athletic Leagues in El Centro, Calexico and Brawley and the county Sheriff's Office Sheriff's Athletic League have each been awarded a grant of $52,200 for this year to continue to provide services to their communities.
"It's outstanding, it's great, it's unbelievable. Now we are going to be able to accomplish so much stuff we wanted to do," said El Centro PAL Director Eric Scoville.
The grant comes from Assembly Bill 1913, the Cardenas Juvenile Crime Prevention Act of 2000. The bill was created by Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Los Angeles), said Imperial County Probation Department Supervising Probation Officer Suzanne Howard.
"It was enacted to provide money for law enforcement to combat juvenile crime," said Howard.
Imperial County will receive $513,00 each year for five years. Of the money this year, $208,800 will be given to the PALs and SAL. The rest will be used to place probation officers on high school and middle school campuses in El Centro, Calexico and Brawley.