VPD Announces Latest Drug Education For Youth Graduates

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News Release: Valdosta Police Department

Above is a photograph of the 2014 Valdosta Police Department DEFY (Drug Education for Youth) graduates and their mentors.

DEFY consists of educating youth about team building, peer pressure, and the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. The program lasts one year and begins with a one week summer camp (leadership phase) and continues for one Saturday each month for the rest of the year.

The program is open to children 8 to 11 years of age. DEFY is funded by the City of Valdosta, it is a program designed to educate our youth about the dangers of drugs, and also gives youth lessons on life skills. Mentors this year were from the Valdosta Police Department (VPD) and the Valdosta Fire Department (VFD). If anyone is interested in next year’s program, which begins this summer, please contact Officer Vernotis Williams at 229-292-7785.

Mentors pictured from left to right on the back row: Patrol Officer John Lovein (VPD), Crime Prevention Officer Vernotis Williams (VPD), School Resource Officer Paul Tucker (VPD), and Sergeant Chris Staples (VFD).

Graduates pictured from left to right-Front Row: Jymias Davis, Zaniya Reynolds, Kaliah Walton, Alexis Winston, La’ Keyah Williams, Trishtan Johnson, Trashanti Johnson, Jaliah Walton.

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