Youth Diversion & Development
As part of CCPD’s Youth Diversion & Development program, prior to arrest, the Culver City Police Department diverts youths ages 13-17 to New Earth Organization’s center in Culver City. The New Earth Organization enrolls them in programs including mental health support. Starting in 2021, Culver City is partnering on a two-year, $4.5 million program to improve the New Earth Organization’s infrastructure to enhance alternatives to detention, placement and incarceration.
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CCPD is committed to divert youth away from the criminal justice system by working with private and public entities. Since the inception of the Youth Diversion & Development program in the summer of 2019, 37% of all youths arrested by CCPD have been diverted to the New Earth Organization (59 individuals out of the 158 individuals arrested).
Starting in 2021, Culver City is partnering on a two-year, $4.5 million program to improve the New Earth Organization’s infrastructure to enhance alternatives to detention, placement and incarceration. The program will allow the New Earth Organization to expand and improve the full array of wrap-around services and programs for system-involved and at-promise youth by building out a robust mental health department providing acute and individualized trauma care.
The Culver City Police Department’s Partnerships to Advance Youth (PAY) was created to engage the community’s youth, build relationships, foster trust and legitimacy, and divert young people from the criminal justice system. PAY focuses on partnerships and engagement between youths ages 12 to 18 and the men and women of CCPD. PAY provides an informal, educational, fun, and safe environment. PAY hosts various and continuous organized activities such as teambuilding exercises, discussion forums, exercise groups, mentorship activities, and volunteer work in the community.