Teen And Police Service Academy comes to El Paso this summer
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in a program to help troubled youth this summer. School Resource Officers assigned to Clint ISD will participate in the Teen And Police Service (T.A.P.S.) Academy. The academy is an 11 week program primarily designed for at-risk youth. Students will partner with mentor officers to discuss issues such as: bullying, anger management, avoidance of gang life, drug usage, conflict management and many other youth and law enforcement focused topics. Through these interactive sessions, students gain skills to make better and more positive decisions in their lives.
Sheriff’s officials said one of the primary goals of this program is to strengthen communities by encouraging at-risk youth and law enforcement to work together. Within the 11 week program students and officers engage in 2 community service projects. These projects encourage youth and their families to participate in their communities and help make them a better place to live and work.
Another positive effect from the program is that the social distance between at-risk youth and law enforcement is diminished. TAPS creates an environment where law enforcement and youth learn from each other, build relationships, and discuss better ways to manage adverse situations.
The academy will be for 4 days a week (Mon-Thurs), and runs from June 16th to August 14th. There will be between 18 and 24 youth participating in the academy.