Any time police try innovative measures to reach out to youth, it is worth applauding. Such is the case with the Community Oriented Policing Services in Schools program. As part of that program, the county Sheriff's Office has four deputies working in schools throughout the county.
These deputies are working in areas where there are not many activities and not a lot of resources to meet the needs of youths. In such situations law enforcement often finds itself at odds with young people. When youths do not have positive activities in which to become involved, some will turn to crime.
The Sheriff's Office is trying to do something positive for the kids in such communities. The deputies being assigned to the schools give young people a chance to form bonds with the officers and with those in law enforcement in general. Such programs allow deputies a chance to stop crime before it happens by allowing officers help keep young people on the right track.