Los Angeles County Probation Department
The Los Angeles County Probation Department in conjunction with The Duarte Unified School District and The Duarte Public Safety Department, have been providing intensive personal services to both at-risk youth and their families in the City of Duarte for over 20 years. It is the mission of the Deputy Probation officers to ensure that the probationers are attending school, and following all conditions of their probation. This may include but is not limited to drug testing, drug education, parent education, and community service. A dedicated Deputy Probation Officer is stationed at the Duarte Public Safety Office and can be reached at (626) 357-7938.
Deputy Probation Officer Addi Sardar offers early prevention and intervention services. She works with children and their families from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Alongside school personnel the Officer helps identify youth displaying at-risk behaviors at school. She educates parents, assists school staff, and links the family with local community efforts to establish a strong bond with law enforcement in an effort to avert future delinquency. Services are provided throughout Duarte's five Elementary Schools and Intermediate School as well as continuation or alerternative educational settings.
Additional programs include Boys Republic Day Treatment and Eggleston Youth center which offer a comprehensive school setting for probationers. Foothill Family Services who provides counseling and educational services, THINK Together which provide youth K-8th with an after- school Program, "Youthworks" Community Service component, SHARE mentoring sponsored by Duarte Parks and Recreation, the Duarte Teen Center, and the Duarte Boxing Gym.
School Resource Deputy Robert MacLean provides law enforcement and police services to all Duarte schools, school grounds and areas adjacent to the school. He investigates allegations of criminal incidents. He proactively works to prevent juvenile delinquency through close contact and positive relationships with students. He maintains a close partnership with school administrators in order to provide for a safe school environment. He assists school officials with their efforts to enforce Board Of Education policies and procedures as well as ensuring school administrator and student safety.
In addition to working with the schools, he is a certified ROP teacher at Duarte High School, where he teaches Introduction to Law Enforcement. He is also Duarte's graffiti expert and serves as an advisor to the youth group mentoring program Duarte Area Resource Team, D.A.R.T All three officers are visible within the school community and attend and participate in school functions. Build working relationships with the school's staff as well as with student and parent groups. They work
with guidance counselors and other student support staff to assist students and to provide services to students involved in situations where referrals to service agencies are necessary.
These officers also partner and hold educational presentations for parents and youth on topics ranging from gangs and drugs to dealing with incorrigible youth. They also conduct home visits and are part of the Duarte Unified School Safety Team.
For any issues regarding school related crime, gang crime and juvenile related problems please contact Deputy MacLean at (626) 359-5671 ext. 319.
Youthworks is a juvenile community service program that assists Duarte youth that are required to complete court ordered community service. This program is used by the District Attorney's office in lieu of formal probation to expose children to a structured work environment, while gaining self-esteem and experience as they work throughout the city in community based organizations. The goal of Youthworks is to provide a structured "work-like environment". Successful graduates may be hired by the City of Duarte to participate in the Recycling Program.
The Recycling Program is city beautification component. Youth assist City employees in a collection effort of Recycling material. This effort keeps the City of Duarte clean while contributing to the state's recycling program and helping youth learn the importance of Recycling.
For more information on how to participate, call Aida Torres at (626) 359-5671 ext. 316.
R.O.P. Law Enforcement
This is an educational component and is part of The Duarte Unified ROP program. This class is taught at Duarte High School by Deputy Rob MacLean (School Resource Deputy, Los Angeles County Sheriff Department). Its purpose is to assist high school youth explore the field of Public Safety and Law Enforcement. Through this class, students gain an increased awareness and perspective of the procedures and opportunities in law enforcement while earning school credits. Students are positively exposed to the fundamentals of the criminal justice system.
D.A.R.T. - Duarte Area Resource Team
The purpose of D.A.R.T. is to help young men and women explore public service careers. Through this exploration, they gain valuable experience, knowledge and training that can help them better reach their targeted goals and career. Activities also erve to enhance resumes, job applications and provide personal growth.
D.A.R.T. meets at 5 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month in the Duarte Teen Center. The program is open to young men and women from Duarte between the ages of 14 and 19 years of age, that must have at least a "C" average (if in school), be of good moral character without any serious arrest record and committed to make a positive impact in the community. For more information on how to join, call (626) 359-5671 ext. 319.
C.H.Y.L.L.-Cardinals Helping Youth Live Life
CHYLL is a program for Duarte youth that will help develop job and leadership skills. Youth engage in both community service and rewarding recreational activities under the supervision of Duarte Parks and Recreation. Youth will gain experience, knowledge and have fun while training for future leadership roles. CHYLL is open exclusively to youth in the 6th to 8th grade. Youth must have at least a "C" average and be committed to make a positive impact in our community. Interested youth must submit applications to the Duarte Teen Center for more information on how to join, call (626) 303-0863.