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May 22, 2014

New police youth summer program beginning

COMMERCE —

A new Commerce Police Department youth summer program is slated to start on June 19th. 

The Commerce Police Department in a partnership with the Commerce-Community Action Program, Texas A&M University - Commerce, Commerce ISD, area churches and Civic Organizations is introducing a new program geared towards teens ages 12 to 17.  The program is a once a week program in which the teens will be thought leadership, civic pride and other skills while doing a service project. The main purpose is to keep kids busy while doing something worthwhile and to provide a positive bridge between the police and their families.  Although the primary focus is on the kids, it is considered critical that the parents, grandparents or guardians play an active role in the process.  

This program will involve police, volunteers and children in a one day per week function that will start on June 19th and will run until August 14th.  This program will be kicked off with a meeting with the parents or guardians of interested teens on May 29th.  This meeting will focus on a workshop where parents will be invited to share their feelings about law enforcement in the community, the police department’s role in serving both parents and children and how we as a city can strengthen that relationship.  This meeting will be held at the Commerce City Hall Council Chamber.   

For those interested in participating in the program or volunteering, please contact the Commerce Police Department at (903)886-1139 for more information.  Persons who wish to volunteer will need to be screened prior to the start of the program by the Commerce Police Department.  

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