As the number of gang-related crimes in Greenville stay consistent, Greenville police are taking action with a new summer program for 5th and 6th grade students in an attempt to stop gang-related crimes before it’s too late.
Greenville police say kids are joining gangs at a younger age in recent years and it’s leading to more serious crimes later in their lives.
Statistics show three neighborhoods in Greenville saw much more crime than others in 2015.
Nicholtown, Pleasant Valley, and West Greenville were at the top of the list with a combined total of 1,300 crimes in 2015.
That’s why Greenville police are now offering a new summer program to upcoming 5th and 6th grade students to save kids from joining gangs.
“It’s a one week program, it’s free, and again they’re going to be able to meet police officers, EMS, firefighters, athletes, you know, people that can influence children in a positive way, of course that’s what the ultimate goal is,” says Gilberto Franco, Greenville Police Public Information Officer.
The free summer program with Greenville Police runs from June 13th to the 17th, but you must register before April 8th.