“The PRIDE Program gives us the opportunity to build lasting relationships with students, which can positively change the way they interact with law enforcement for a lifetime”. - SCPD Deputy Chief Rick Martinez
SCPD is working in conjunction with Santa Cruz City Schools and the County Office of Education. Our program is a multi-faceted approach to early prevention and intervention for local youth in our community.
The program was developed to guide teens in self-awareness and the decision-making process. Through a variety of field trips, presentations, and activities, teens realize both the positive and negative impacts of decision making.
For example, during the course on bad decision making, participants heard from former gang members, drug users, and gang investigators. They toured San Quentin prison, SCPD and even a local morgue.