Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
Representatives from the League of California Cities and the City Counties Schools (CCS) Partnership each presented awards to the City of Stockton Operation Peacekeeper program on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston, Peacekeeper Program Manager Ralph Womack and Peacekeeper Outreach Workers accepted the awards, which will be on display at City Hall.
The Helen Putnam Award is an award of excellence recognizing outstanding achievements by California cities. There are 10 categories for the award and the Peacekeeper program was selected under the category of Public Safety. In total, 117 programs from cities throughout California competed for the award; 14 under the category of Public Safety.
In addition, the Peacekeeper program was singled out by the CCS Partnership from all 10 categories to receive its top award recognition. A panel of county supervisors, mayors, council members and school board members selected the Peacekeeper program for demonstrating exemplary leadership, creativity and collaboration and success across jurisdictions.
“This is such a thrill,” stated Mayor Johnston. “We know the program is a huge success in our community. We receive inquiries from throughout the nation on a regular basis from other communities who want to emulate what we are doing here.”
Operation Peacekeeper is an innovative program with a specific mission of reducing youth gang membership and violence. Youth outreach workers, some of them former gang members themselves, interact with youths who are primarily 10-18 years old to provide positive alternatives to gang membership through long-term mentoring.
For additional information about the Peacekeeper program, call (209) 937-8212 or visit http://www.stocktongov.com/peacekeepers.