WGVU-TV's West Michigan Week: Grand Rapids Juvenile Offense Index
Patrick Center April 18, 2014 | WGVU Reducing crime begins with curbing juvenile offenses explains City of Grand Rapids Chief of Police, Kevin Belk.
“Crime is a young person’s game. And you see here, kids that are under 11-years old when they’re involved in criminal activity at that age the research just shows that they’re going to be involved in serious and habitual crimes.”
Findings from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Community Research Institute indicate Grand Rapids investment in afterschool programs is reducing juvenile crime. Lynn Heemstra is Executive Director at Our Community’s Children.“We’ve brought in millions of dollars to help support programs in the Grand Rapids Public Schools like The Loop and Loft.”
Larry Johnson is Assistant Superintendent and Executive Director of Public Safety & Security at G.R.P.S.“We realized early on that it was important to make sure that the afterschool programs had a disguised learning component to it.”
Findings from the Grand Rapids Juvenile Offense Index discussed tonight @ 8:00 on WGVU-Life Channel and again Sunday morning @ 10:00 on WGVU-HD. I’m moderator Patrick Center. ListenDownload
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