Community Justice Program Kicks Off Drowning Prevention Campaign

August 22, 2008

Community Justice Program and Central Broward Office Drowning Prevention Project

Community Justice Program and Central Broward Office Drowning Prevention Project

Youth Counselor’s Elizabeth Mayo and Anse Daniel worked with Chief Jim Fondo and Lieutenant Andrew Dunbar from BSO’s Central Broward District to educate the youth participating in BSO’s Community Justice Program about drowning prevention. On June 10, 2008, 16 first-time offenders in the program met at the district office with the counselors and Deputy Michael Dingman, who spoke to the youths about the dangers of drowning and ways to prevent it. The second phase of the project had the program participants distribute BSO drowning prevention material to every homes in the Central Broward area. This was accomplished with the assistance of Detectives Bernard Brown and Manuel Silva. The project concluded with the youths and counselors attending a four-hour CPR class. The class was conducted by Firefighter/Paramedic Greg Blue and Life Safety Educator Pamela Gorman of BSO’s Fire Rescue Division.

The Drowning Prevention project provided the Community Justice youths with the opportunity to give back to the community. Some of the key elements of the Community Justice Program are: accepting responsibility; making amends; and how decisions they make affect the community as a whole.

A special thank you to the Central Broward District and Fire Rescue employees for their full support in making this project possible. Those who made this project possible did so while following BSO’s team credo – Pride in Service with Integrity.

Photo caption: Youth Counselors Anse Daniel (far left front) and Elizabeth Mayo (far right) strike a pose with the Community Justice Program participants prior to distributing drowning prevention material.

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