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A Message from Jose Arreola, Community Safety Administrator, City of Salinas - Director, Community Alliance for Safety and Peace
"Our grant application for the 2016 Board of State and Community Corrections Strengthening Law Enforcement Grant was ranked number 1! We were awarded the maximum possible award of $850,000! These funds will be used to present the “ Why’d You Stop Me” (WYSM) Program to thousands of Salinas and Monterey County residents over the next two years as a way to improve police-community relations. The WYSM program offered an innovative way to do this without being reliant on additional man power from the PD or Sherriff’s Office. Additional congratulations are in order to our Community Based Organization partners Sun Street Centers and Partners for Peace who will each receive funding to support the implementation of WYSM. The Middlebury Institute for International Studies will be our evaluator on this grant. A special thank you to all our partners, grant write Jan Roehl and staff Julia Nix for their efforts in support of developing a strong grant application.
This was a highly competitive grant, 45 cities applied and only 10 were fully funded. Monterey County is well represented as the Four Cities For Peace were also funded as one joint application ranking 4th."
Read what a Probation officer wrote to WYSM founder Jason Lehman, a Police Officer and WYSM presenter, about the presentation at the Youth Center:
Jason, I want to thank you for taking time to come out and do the presentation. I did not think you were going to be able to keep the minors’ attention for 4 hours and honestly I didn’t want to deal with these minors complaining.
You got something special bro because half of these minors have some kind of attention disorder and you and your presenters kept their attention the whole time, I had never seen that in my 12 years here.
After you left I was talking to some minors by themselves and you truly impacted their life and way of thinking but you know how it is they are with their homeboys so most of them put up a front.
Not only with these minors but after talking to my fellow officers it let’s us see the other side of the coin. It was one of the best training I have been to in my whole 12 years as a officer.
It was a pleasure meeting you and I hope you are able to keep coming to the facility in the future.
Juvenile Institutions Officer
WYSM article in the Monterey County Herald