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News Release

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Media Relations

LAPD NYPUM Graduation Ceremony

What:
LAPD Valley Traffic Division will be holding graduation ceremony for the female youth group known as "GEMS," Girls Empowered by Morals and Standards.

Who:
Chief Michel Moore, Los Angeles Police Department
Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, Los Angeles Police Department.
Deputy Chief Robert Marino, Los Angeles Police Department
Deputy Chief Blake Chow, Los Angeles Police Department
Commander Gerald Woodyard, Los Angeles Police Department
Commander Donald Graham, Los Angeles Police Department
Captain Andrew Neiman, Los Angeles Police Department
Retired. Chief Charles Beck, Los Angeles Police Department

When:
Thursday, June 10, 2021
6:00 p.m.

Where:
Ed Davis Training Facility - Off Road Plateau
12001 Blucher Avenue
Granada Hills, CA 91344

Why:

Since 2019, VTD has been in partnership with the National Youth Project Using Mini-bikes (NYPUM) program. This national youth mentoring program began in 1969. The Los Angeles Police Department is the first police department on the west coast to adopt this youth mentoring program and believes it will help reduce crime by fostering positive relationships with our community's youth. The program consists of youth participants between the ages of 10-17 years old that are living in an "at risk" environment or that have been identified as performing at less than their potential due to their environment.

This year the youths have been selected from the Department's Community Safety Partnership areas, Jordan Downs, Pueblo Del Rio, San Fernando Gardens, and a non-profit group called the GEMS. The GEMS program is overseen by STD supervisor, Sergeant I+2 Bridgette Peterson (#33628), who is currently the only active duty female motor officer/supervisor on the Department.

Sergeant Peterson has a YouTube video (GEMS X Extreme) of the GEMS group documenting their first day in training with NYPUM. The video provides insight on the GEMS and NYPUM programs plus it credits the VTD personnel involved with NYPUM.

Through grants and donations VTD provides the safety equipment to be worn during each training session, (i.e. helmet, goggles and gloves, pants, and boots). For anyone who wishes to support the NYPUM program, please contact Officer Carbajal at 32928@lapd.online Also, for more information on the GEMS program and ways to support it, please contact Sergeant Peterson at 33628@lapd.online


*LAPD public information officers will be present to ensure COVID-19 protocols are followed. All attendees must wear a mask and social distance.

Contact:
For more information or questions regarding this event contact Los Angeles Police Department Media Relations 213-486-5910.



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