| Gang awareness
kicks off in Oakland parishes
The Oakland Police Department is teaming up with California
Youth Outreach on gang prevention, and will present separate programs
aimed at parents and students in five Oakland parishes.
The Gang Prevention program will be presented at St. Elizabeth, St. Bernard,
St. Anthony, St. Louis Bertrand and St. Jarlath parishes. Parents will
be invited to one session, with students, from fifth grade up, invited
to another session a week later.
At each session, Oakland Police Department Capt. Paul Figueroa will talk
with the audience, followed by a presentation by the San Jose-based California
Youth Outreach. Parents will learn the signs of gang involvement, while
students will learn ways of avoiding involvement with gangs.
The first session for parents will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 25 in the
St. Elizabeth Elementary School gym, across the street from the church,
which is at 1500 34th Ave., Oakland. It will be followed by a session
for students on Feb. 1; the time will be determined later. Dial St. Elizabeth
Parish at 510-536-1266 for additional information.
These sessions grow out of a Gang Crime Summit in Oakland 2010, when law
enforcement agencies met with Oakland’s police leadership and faith-based
and community leaders, including the Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone,
bishop of Oakland, to discuss ways to reduce crime and gang violence.
The Oakland Police Foundation has provided a grant for the program. “The
Oakland Police Department is reaching out to kids in these parishes, with
the cooperation of the bishop and pastors,” said Geoffrey Collins,
president of the board of the foundation.