Some citizens may not realize that their local police departments do more than respond to citizen complaints. Many police departments have an active drug prevention program that uses law enforcement personnel. The officers are not compensated for their time in most instances. They volunteer their time because of community need. They educate their communities, through outreach programs, about the dangers of drugs.
Police departments across the country have what is called a shop with a cop program, which pairs up police officers with children in need. I found some more information here. The program traditionally, provides gifts to children that may otherwise not have received one during the holidays. Once again, the officers involved, willingly volunteer their time.
Many police departments have outreach programs that counsel at risk children. They provide programs to educate parents on how to deal with children that have been in trouble, as well. A typical program may provide a so-called basic training for children and young adults. With parental consent, children in trouble are allowed to attend the basic training course. Once completed satisfactorily, the person’s criminal record as a juvenile can be in some cases, expunged. This program provided by the police department is a pro-active step in crime prevention. Without police interaction, many young adults that commit crimes as a juvenile will continue to do so as an adult.