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The State

School officials and law enforcement officers are joining forces in 30 localities to develop programs to serve as models in combatting worsening problems of truancy, violence and drug and alcohol abuse among California students. The state recently awarded grants of up to $5,000 each for 30 experimental programs to be conducted during the next school year starting in September. “This effort promotes partnership approaches between schools and law enforcement agencies on school problems,” said Nancy Pompei of the state attorney general’s Crime Prevention Center. “The successful programs that are developed could be models for use by other communities.” A team of independent reviewers will evaluate the programs to determine which ones could serve as models for use throughout California, she said. “We must reach those kids right now or make room for them in our jails and detox centers a decade from now,” Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp said.


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