Salt River Police Department (SRPD) Explorer Post 909 is currently recruiting young men and women to join. If you are a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community between the ages of 14 and 20 and are interested in learning about law enforcement or a career with the SRPD, please call (480) 850-8200 or attend an Explorer Post meeting. Meetings are held every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Indian School Police/Fire District Station located at 11561 E. Indian School Road (on the southwest corner of Center Street and Indian School Road).
Explorer Post 909 was very busy in December volunteering our time during the Christmas break. After being out of school for only a couple of days, the Explorers got to work, assisting with holiday toy drives. This year we participated in W. Steven Martin’s Police Toy Drive, the Salvation Army Christmas Angel program and Shop with a Cop. These programs generously provide gifts of clothing and toys for Valley youth during the holidays. We were honored to be a part of the giving season.
School Resource Officer Program
In our Community schools, the SRPD School Resource Officers (SROs) are actively involved with faculty in maintaining a safe learning environment for our youth, as well as presenting drug-, crime- and violence-prevention programs.
The SRO program offered drug-prevention education to middle-school and high-school youth at the 2009 Winter Youth Conference held at Salt River High School.
At Salt River Elementary School, the G.R.E.A.T. program (Gang Resistance Education And Training) is in full swing, reinforcing positive decision-making skills with students ages 9 to 12. This spring the sixth-grade students will be making their own “G.R.E.A.T.” posters as a Community Improvement Project. The posters will serve as a reminder of the dangers of participating in gangs, crime or violence. In addition, the posters will give students a sense of ownership in preventing crime and violence in their Community. In the past, G.R.E.A.T. projects have included graffiti removal and litter clean-up within the Community.
For those of you not familiar with G.R.E.A.T., it is a school-based, law enforcement officer–instructed classroom curriculum. G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid using delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. The G.R.E.A.T. program offers a continuum of components for students and their families. With prevention as its primary training objective, the program is intended to help our youth learn better how not to become involved in delinquency, youth violence and gang membership.
For more information, please visit the Web site at www.great-online.org.