The Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership, which was spearheaded by an attorney in the Central Gang Unit at the District Attorney’s Office, is taught by the school's security officers to second- and fifth-graders over a period of several weeks. Over the course of this time, instructors address the dangers of gangs. Since its inception approximately 3,400 students have graduated from the program.
Our curriculum which we created focuses on the dangers of gangs and drugs, positive choices and respect for others and property. The second and fifth grade courses are taught over a 5-week period once a week.
The program also has a parent component. We hold parent meeting once a month that incorporate several schools within the district where the classes are taught. We have speakers attend and provide various presentations during the meetings. Topics are selected to assist parents in combating gangs, violence, truancy, crime and other areas that affect their children.
We also try to schedule speakers that are requested by the parents. Click here to read an interview with Deputy District Attorney Cary Epstein who helped spearhead GRIP in San Bernardino County.
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