YES was formed in January 1997 on the recommendation of a committee of officers which was assigned the task of identifying programs eligible for funding under the Child Safety Trust fund. Sergeant C. E. Barth was assigned to the program and given the responsibility of developing it and determining its various needs. The program proactively seeks to build a positive relationship with the young adults of our community.
The YES program strongly believes that citizens should be active in their community promoting the ideal of helping those who cannot help themselves. The concept of volunteering to help the less fortunate and to work hand in hand with the police department is the underlying theme of the program. Also, building a positive relationship between the young citizens and peace officers is an extremely important goal.
Since the inception of the YES program, combining Community Service projects with recreational, social, cultural, and educational rewards has been the primary focus in recruiting teenagers. Students are required to earn a predetermined number of community service points in order to participate in the “fun” activities such as attending camping trips or professional sporting events. The identical tracking system developed in 1997 is still in place for totaling the members’ Community Service hours. An “Hours Requirement” is assigned to all YES recreational activities, which involves expenditure of significant funds.
Throughout the year, a variety of activities and programs are performed.