FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Lt. Chris Wynn, 760-839-4444 (Media Relations)
On Thursday, February 23, 2012, at 5:00 PM, the Escondido Police Department’s Family Intervention Team (FIT) will be having a graduation ceremony for 10 outstanding students who have completed the FIT program. The ceremony will be held in the Community Room of the Escondido Police Department and is open to family, friends and members of the public.
The Family Intervention Team is a police department led program in conjunction with the Escondido Unified School District, San Diego County Office of Education and Escondido Gang Reduction Intervention and Prevention (EGRIP). The program is aimed at providing learning opportunities and smart lifestyle choices for 7th and 8th graders at Mission Middle School and Del Dios Middle School.
During the course of the program, students meet once a week after school and are exposed to group discussions, guest speakers and opportunities to improve their academics and citizenship. In addition to the after school sessions, some of the students have been able to attend field trips to hear anti-gang talks, compete on a confidence building course and weekend camping trips.
The goal of this program is to provide these students with positive alternatives to the gang lifestyle. Their accomplishments should be noted by the community and they should serve as an example to all of Escondido’s youths as positive role models. The Escondido Police Department congratulates each of these graduates and wishes them the best in their futures.
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