The Sheriff’s Community Impact Program was founded in March, 2010, by a group of people comprised of local educators, business owners, law enforcement personnel, and representatives from other community based organizations. Their goal was to align SCIP with Sacramento County Sheriff Scott R. Jones’ Community Oriented Policing philosophy with a vision to reduce juvenile delinquency and violence in Sacramento County. With the support of the Sheriff’s Youth Services Unit, SCIP has over 500 members and continues to positively engage over 2400 students at six elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school, in the Arden-Arcade community each year.
SCIP’S mission is simple: To foster productive citizens by engaging youth in dynamic community programs.
Programs such as Deputy Friend, SHOCK, Rugby, Boxing, Golfing, Photojournalism, etc., provide a safe environment where at-risk youth can have a positive experience with law enforcement officers and other adult role models. All programs offered through SCIP are free of charge.
Quantifiable data illustrating SCIP’S impact in the community may not be available for years to come. In the four years SCIP has been in operation however, many stories of hope and success have emerged – Parents tell us how they appreciate the structure of our programs; Teachers comment on how they see their students gaining more trust of law enforcement because of our consistent presence on campus.
Impact Story: During a recent visit to one of our elementary schools, a teacher introduced a young fifth grade student who was very nervous about the presence of cop cars and their illuminated red and blue lights on the campus that day. According to the teacher, this student had experienced a traumatic event just a few days prior that involved law enforcement personnel. A deputy began to have a conversation with the timid student about why he was fearful of the red and blue lights. The student went on to explain that he was next door to a murder that had occurred within his apartment complex. He heard the sounds of gunfire and the consequent wailing of sirens as emergency personnel rushed to the scene. The sights and sounds of this chaotic event so close to home left this young man with a feeling of no control. The deputy, in an effort to help the student regain some sense of control (at least for the moment), allowed him to sit in the driver’s seat of the cop car and turn on and off the emergency lights. This experience was uplifting for the student and suddenly he was no longer fearful. We may never know if that one moment was life changing or in some way, changed the trajectory of his thoughts and feeling about law enforcement but, in that moment, in his words… “This is cool!”
You have an opportunity to help SCIP in many ways – Donate; Volunteer; Or you can support the 4th Annual Arden-Arcade Poker Tournament Benefitting SCIP.
- Saturday, March 15th
- Registration starts at 4pm with the tournament beginning at 5:30pm
The Arden-Arcade Horsepower & Hold ’em Poker Tournament is SCIP’S largest fundraiser of the year. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Arden-Arcade, Zoom Imaging Solutions, and Capitol Casino, proceeds from this event help SCIP plan and implement dynamic community programs designed to positively engage youth.This poker tournament is one of the best in Northern California featuring celebrity players, silent auction, raffle prizes, drinks, food, and snacks – All inside the California Auto Museum.
If you are interested in SPONSORING THIS EVENT, there are several options that will allow you to choose the level of support.