For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Sgt. Mary Kusmiss S-6, Public Information Officer (PIO), (510) 981-5780

NEW ACADEMY CONNECTS YOUTH WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT

Berkeley, California (Friday, September 24, 2010) - A new program called the Police and Life Academy For Youth (PLAY) will hold its very first session on Monday, September 27, 2010. A few of the diversity of topics that will be explored by City of Berkeley teenagers during the 11 week program will be an introduction to criminal justice and policing, conflict resolution, emergency preparedness, health, fitness and career opportunities.

In July of 2010, the Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) awarded a $25,000 grant to PLAY. The fund provides many grants to community service programs that enhance the economic, social or cultural well being of City of Berkeley community members. PLAY is a partnership between the City of Berkeley Police Department, (BPD) the University of California Police Department, Berkeley (UCPD) and the Berkeley Boosters. PLAY links law enforcement agencies with the Berkeley Police Activities league (PAL), the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) as well as the City of Berkeley business community.

BPD Chief Michael K. Meehan and UCPD Chief Mitch J. Celaya will be on hand to introduce the academy and speak to the Berkeley High School students who will
participate in this special opportunity. BPD Chief Michael K. Meehan says, “Connecting with youth to contribute to their success is one of the most important things we can do as a community and as members of our respective police departments.”

Members of the media are invited to attend the start of first session which will be held in the multi-purpose room from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Ronald T. Tsukamoto Public Safety Building, 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA.

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