Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
December 6, 2010
Susan Kang Schroeder
GANG REDUCTION AND INTERVENTION PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM TO RECEIVE CITIES, COUNTIES, AND SCHOOLS PARTNERSHIP AWARD AT ORANGE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
SANTA ANA – The Cities, Counties and Schools (CCS) Partnership will honor the Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (GRIP) for its creativity and leadership in collaborating with cities and schools to address community issues and focus on gang prevention in at-risk areas. The CCS Partnership Award will be presented to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) and several law enforcement partners tomorrow, Dec. 7, 2010, at the Orange County Board of Supervisors meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Hall of Administration, Santa Ana. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and GRIP representatives from multiple agencies will be present.
GRIP is a partnership between the OCDA and police departments from the Cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Orange, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Stanton, and the unincorporated areas of North Orange County.
GRIP aims to increase school attendance and decrease gang activity and currently works with 25 elementary and middle schools on gang suppression, intervention for at-risk students, gang information forums, parent and faculty education, and parent-involvement meetings.
The CCS Partnership Award is the second major honor received by GRIP this year after recently receiving the “Challenge Merit Award” from the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) in November 2010. CSAC recognized GRIP for its innovative and cost-effective approach to gang prevention in Orange County.