|For Immediate Release
April 8, 2014
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
GARDEN GROVE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS’ ASSOCIATION HONORS THREE ORANGE COUNTY DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS FOR OC GRIP VOLUNTEER WORK
SANTA ANA – The Garden Grove School Administrators’ Association (GGSAA) honored three Orange County Deputy District Attorneys yesterday for their Orange County Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (OC GRIP) volunteer efforts. GGSAA hosted the 2014 Community Dinner to recognize community partners and law enforcement who advocate to keep kids in school and out of gangs. The dinner was held April 7, 2014, in Garden Grove at the Hyatt Regency Orange County.
During yesterday’s dinner, Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos and Deputy District Attorneys Israel Claustro and Mena Guirguis were recognized for assisting Garden Grove schools as OC GRIP advocates by giving student presentations on what to look for and avoid when faced with gang activity and advising at-risk youth on the dangers of gang membership. Chrisopoulos, Claustro, and Guirguis volunteer their time outside of their official duties to participate in the GGSAA effort to educate students about gang involvement.
OC GRIP is an award-winning law enforcement partnership that identifies at-risk youth and aims to increase school attendance and decrease gang activity. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has formed OC GRIP and GRIP II committees and partnerships with the police departments from the Cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin, and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Stanton, and the unincorporated areas of North Orange County, and the Orange County Probation Department. OC GRIP coordinates different outreach programs including Curfew and Truancy Sweeps, Angels, and Ford incentives, and the Parent Greeter Program to better the community and lessen gang activity in Orange County.