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Youth and Family Services

Last updated Mar. 16, 2017 - 10:27 am
  • *Youth Service Officers work directly with youth to provide guidance, mentorship and follow-up with juveniles who have been identified as at-risk.Youth Service Officers work directly with youth to provide guidance, mentorship and follow-up with juveniles who have been identified as at-risk.
  • *Retired officers provide youth with a positive role model while assisting with homework and various athletic activities.Retired officers provide youth with a positive role model while assisting with homework and various athletic activities.

As part of the Raleigh Police Department's five-year strategic plan and to better foster a better working relationship with the community, the RPD has established a Youth and Family Services Unit within its Detective Division. The Youth and Family Services Unit investigates all crimes involving youth as victims and suspects and also works in a mentoring capacity to encourage youth to seek positive experiences within the community.

The Unit is made up of the following components:

  • Family Violence Intervention Unit handles all cases involving Domestic Violence and works very closely with Interact to advocate for victims.
  • Juvenile Detective Unit handles all cases involving juveniles under the age of 16 as victims or suspects in reported cases.
  • Youth Service Officers work directly with youth to provide guidance, mentorship and follow-up with juveniles who have been identified as at-risk. They coordinate summer youth initiatives and work throughout the year with the Police Explorer program.
  • Youth mentors are retired RPD officers who have returned to work on a part-time basis. These retired officers are assigned to various community centers within the City. They provide youth with a positive role model while assisting with homework and various athletic activities.

Youth and Family Services Camps and Activities

Each camp will employ the 4 core values established through RPD Youth and Family Services.
(Respect, Honor, Leadership, and Achievement)

Participants in the program should receive ongoing mentoring to help promote continued character development and educational growth.

Charm School I and II, Ages 12-15
Location: Wake Technical Community College

Charm School is a day program that is geared toward teaching and mentoring young women. The program is focused on developing self-worth, poise, proper communication skills, anger management, forgiveness, etiquette and hygiene. Students are taught the importance of time management, nutrition and stress management. The school concludes with a presentation of a certificate of completion to each student and a banquet for the students and their parents. The graduates of Charm School will be mentored on a continual basis to reinforce their skill development. Students will also participate in a community service project.

Number of Youth Involved: 20
Contact: Officer Julie Little
E-mail: YouthandFamilyServices@raleighnc.gov
Phone: 919-996-1645

Explorers Post 911, Ages 14-20
Location: Raleigh Police Training Center

Explorers have the opportunity to see and train with the police in a scaled down version of an actual police academy training center. The Explorer Post gives young men and women the hands-on experience and exposure to the criminal justice field. Along the way they will learn, have fun, face challenges, and discover whether a law enforcement career is right for them. They also participate in social activities like police promotional ceremonies, retirement events, parades and the like. There are team building activities, personal fitness exercises, information on proper nutrition and trips and competitions.

Date: Year Round
Number of Youth Involved: 25-30
Contact: Officer James Carlton
E-mail: YouthandFamilyServices@raleighnc.gov
Phone: 919-996-1443

Leaders of Tomorrow Summer Camp, Ages 12-15
Location: Northeast Outreach Center

The academy objective is to teach male students about character development and leadership. The students will learn how to build self-esteem, how to effectively communicate with others, team building, anger management, time management, proper dining etiquette, and the importance of healthy living and dieting. Students are given an opportunity to learn about sacrifice and service through field trips.

Number of Youth: 20
Contact: Officer Daniel Gordon
E-mail: YouthandFamilyServices@raleighnc.gov
Phone: 919-996-1267

Junior Police Academy, Ages 13-15
Ages: 13-15
Location: Raleigh Police Training Center

This program is designed for youth that are interested in learning about law enforcement. Cadets will learn briefly about the duties and expectations of a police officer and the different aspects of the police department. It helps to prepare them for the mental and physical fitness challenges while learning and having fun.

Number of Youth Involved: 20
Contact: Officer James Carlton
E-mail: YouthandFamilyServices@raleighnc.gov
Phone: 919-996-1443

RBI Mentorship Baseball League, Ages 10-16
Location: Various City Parks

In conjunction with Parks and Recreation, the Raleigh Police Department RBI Mentorship Baseball League is for 10-16 year old youth who reside in the City of Raleigh and have limited experience playing baseball. The league will consist of at least 6 teams with up to fifteen players per team. Each team will be led by coaches and umpires who volunteer (officers, parents, and community leaders) their time to the league. The Raleigh Police Department will provide the uniforms, baseball caps, gloves, cleats and baseballs for the youth in league. The season is concluded after the tournament with a banquet held for all participants.

Number of Youth Involved: 100+
Contact: Officer Vincent Doxbeck
E-mail: YouthandFamilyServices@raleighnc.gov
Phone: 919-996-1302

Soccer Camp, Ages 11-16
Location: Kiwanis Park

The Soccer Camp provides instruction in technical skills and strategic awareness in an environment that promotes character, community, and love of the game. Incorporated in this program is the building of self-confidence, team work, respect for self and others and all the inherent benefits of physical exercise. They will be taught by experienced soccer players and coaches from within the Raleigh Police Department.

Number of Youth Involved: 60
Contact: Officer Vincent Espinoza
E-mail: YouthandFamilyServices@raleighnc.gov
Phone: 919-996-1435

Volleyball for Girls, Ages 11-14
Location: First Presbyterian Church Gym

Volleyball for Girls in a five-day camp that teaches young females the basic skills required for playing volleyball. Teamwork, ball setting and ball control are few of the skills participates will learn. Elements of Volleyball for Girls also focus on bullying, peer pressure, and substance use.

Number of Youth Involved: 20
Contact: Officer Julie Little
E-Mail: YouthandFamilyServices@raleighnc.gov

Youth Program participants will receive ongoing mentoring to help promote continued character development and educational growth. Come join us!


















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