Los Angeles: The 77th Street Police Station is looking for at-risk youngsters between 9 and 15 years old to participate in a boot camp, to be held on eight succeeding Saturdays.
“Our first boot camp last year was very popular,” said Lieutenant Paul Vernon. “The program is for kids who are on the edge of running afoul of the law. Many of these kids respond well to a regimented program that teaches them respect is a two-way street.”
Police officers will serve as drill instructors for the boot camp of 50 to 60 youth. Instruction will focus on physical training, instilling self-discipline, and building respect for self and others. Teachers and counselors from the Los Angeles Unified School District will also provide instruction to the youth and their parents on anger management and communication skills.
All instruction will be conducted at Fremont High School, 7676 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles.
While many of the participating youth are assigned through court orders, parents may also enroll their children by picking up an enrollment form at the 77th Street Police Station, 7600 South Broadway. All participants must get a physical examination from a doctor to qualify for the program.
The next boot camp will begin February 11, 2006, at 8 AM sharp at Fremont High School. Interested parents may contact Officer Julie Peat or Officer Joe Marrone at 213-485-8606. This telephone number also has recorded information.