The Sheriff’s Community Impact Program (SCIP), acronym is pronounced sip) was founded in 2010 by Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Saigeon. Drawing on his early work experience in recreation programing and combining it with his then current profession in law enforcement, Michael sought a way to reach youth in a positive way. He began to ‘spread the word’ and his leadership & planning team grew to include youth probation officers, juvenile justice commissioners, current and retired educators, attorneys, business leaders – and the list goes on. Michael wanted a robust community program where cops had an opportunity to reach out to, and connect with, underserved youth and their families in a positive way. In today’s volatile climate where many communities are questioning the relationship law enforcement has with the communities they are sworn to protect and serve, SCIP’S community-oriented approach is paramount to building public trust and serves as exemplar for other communities.
SCIP is about empowering a community to reach out and work together in addressing juvenile delinquency. While activities and programs provide a safe environment for students, many organizations fall short in making a true long-term, sustainable impact in a community. SCIP strives to facilitate a collaborative environment where the concept of ‘wrap-around services’ can be woven into the police activity league (PAL) concept. We want to work in partnership with social workers, counselors, teachers, probation officers, to create a comprehensive program – Giving parents and students the tools needed to be connected to the community.
- A community partnership helping youth make good choices in their everyday lives
- A dynamic program of activities and leadership opportunities to develop youth
SCIP Documentary (The early days)
Written and produced by students from the Documentary Foundation