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Anaheim Bulletin: Brass Pose Behind Bars for Charity

This week’s Anaheim Bulletin features three recent stories about the police department.

Making news was Anaheim PD’s recent Cops 4 Kids fund-raiser at the Anaheim White House, the Survivor’s Academy’s third graduating class and Officer Randy Sany’s commendation for catching car thieves.

To read the column, click here.

Cops 4 Kids Golf Tournament to Benefit Gang Prevention Effort

Cops 4 Kids and the Baker to Vegas Running Team is hosting a golf tournament March 8 to raise money for gang prevention efforts.

The tournament will be held at Black Gold Golf Course in Yorba Linda. Cost is $125 per person; $100 for retirees. The entry fee includes a golf cart, beverage and lunch and dinner.

For more information, please call (714) 493-4631.

Cops 4 Kids Honored as Non-Profit of the Year

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Cops 4 Kids was honored last week as the non-profit of the year by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce.

At the awards luncheon, the chamber played a video highlighting how Cops 4 Kids provides at-risk youth tools and relationships to become productive citizens.

To view the video, click on the screen above.

Casino Night Benefits Cops 4 Kids

Held behind home plate at the Diamond Club at Angel Stadium, the Cops 4 Kids Casino Night last weekend featured opportunities to buy Ducks tickets, White House restaurant gift certificates and more – all in the name of raising funds to help at-risk youth.

To view more photos and read more, click here

Cops 4 Kids Big Fund-Raiser Friday Night

Want to support a program that helps put at-risk youth on a better path?

And was just featured on the Orange County Register’s Web site for being Anaheim Chamber of Commerce’s “Non-Profit” of the year.

Join us Friday night at Angel Stadium’s Diamond Club for the “Get in the Game” fundraiser that benefits Anaheim PD’s charity, Cops 4 Kids.

Cost is $40 per person, $75 per couple. RSVP to Gina at 714-493-4631.

To learn more about Cops 4 Kids – and to view an informative video – click here.

Cops 4 Kids Anaheim Chamber’s Non-Profit of the Year

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An Anaheim Police Department charity aimed at helping at-risk youth make better decisions was named the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce’s non-profit of the year, officials announced today.

Cops 4 Kids, a 12-year-old non-profit best known for its innovative Junior Cadet Program, has made a difference in the lives of thousands of children.

Jr. Cadet Program

Click on the photo to see an OC Register profile of the Jr. Cadet Program

“They do a lot for children in the area and are very deserving of the award,” said Melodie Farr, a chamber spokeswoman.

Police Chief John Welter said the department was honored to be recognized.

“The award validates the important difference our officers have made in the lives of so many children,” he said. “Community support plays a critical role in our success. I invite residents, business leaders and others to get involved.”

C4K is holding a fund-raiser Nov. 13. For details, click here. The chamber will honor Cops 4 Kids at a luncheon Dec. 10.

Below is some background on Cops 4 Kids.


When Anaheim police officers hear crime rates have dropped nationwide, they take heart in knowing they are part of a grassroots effort that is making important contributions toward that worthy goal. A spin off of the Anaheim Police Activities League, the Cops 4 Kids program provides a safe haven to hundreds of youth and teaches them to shun the temptation of crime and instead be productive citizens.

“Every hour our kids spend at the C4K facility or in one of our community programs, is one less hour a drug dealer, child abuser, or other criminal has access to these precious children,” said Welter. “Law enforcement is focused on reducing local crime. C4K goes to the root-source of what makes our youth decide the type of citizen they will become as they grow up.”Cops 4 Kids

The impact of the effort is particularly apparent now. During recessionary times, crime rates historically spike. Crime prevention and community building programs such as C4K play a key role in maintaining Anaheim’s outstanding safety record.  “Especially for the younger kids, this is an opportunity for them to have their first interaction with the police department be a positive one,” said Cathy Dutton, president of C4K’s board of directors. “Then they won’t have a negative or fearful reaction when they encounter the police and know that they are there to help them and guide them throughout their lives.”


C4K began in 1995 when a few Anaheim police officers began teaching karate to neighborhood children. The need and benefit was immediately evident. The department formed the Anaheim Police Activities League. Over the years, APAL has mentored thousands of former bullies, truants and troubled teens. In the past three years alone, more than 2,500 children have been touched by the program, which was recently re-branded to better describe its expanded mission.

C4K’s Mission, Goals and Values

C4K’s mission is to use simple techniques like friendship, dancing, fishing and camping, music and trips to Big Bear Lake in developing responsible, respectful and disciplined character traits. For many participants, the excursions are an exciting first-time adventure. Another goal and value is creating lasting bonds between law enforcement and at-risk youth.

The program’s growth and leadership

When public funding for the DARE program disappeared, the department’s school resource officers acted immediately to replace it with a program that is arguably even more effective – the Junior Cadet program.  The first of its kind in California, the innovative program puts children through a military-like academy, teaching them citizenship and respect for authority and others. It has become a model copied by other police departments.  Another barometer of its success: About half the kids from the beginner cadet courses return for advanced classes. Several later become police explorers.

Maria Montesdeoca is an Anaheim parent who put her son through the program and saw an improvement in his attitude and his attention to things like homework. “He’s now more responsible,” she said. “After the program, he pays more attention to me. I really recommend other parents bring their kids. It’s really good.”Junior Cadets

The Anaheim Police Department has assigned two full-time staffers to C4K.  Dozens of officers volunteer as youth mentors. Thanks to help from a local charity, C4K recently moved into a new building near Lincoln Elementary School.

Innovation and success

In addition to the Jr. Cadet program, officers interact with the neighborhood kids in the C4K Community Services Vehicle. The yellow VW Bus has a 3,000-watt deejay booth complete with a full stage, LED lighting, wireless microphones, colorful tall logo flags and a big screen plasma TV. This mobile entertainment platform is popular with the kids, and helps spread positive messages.

Community partnerships

C4K’s Board of Directors consists of representatives from the Anaheim City School District, the Anaheim Union High School District, the Anaheim City Council, Disneyland, Clean City, and numerous local businesses. The YMCA and Boys and Girls Club and Downtown Youth Center are also partners.

Working together, the community partners have made a significant impact on overall crime prevention – and helped thousands of children become better citizens.

Need Tickets to Angels-Yankees Game 3? Auction to Benefit Cops 4 Kids

An auction is under way for four tickets to game three of the Anaheim Angels playoff series against the New York Yankees.

The game is scheduled for Monday at 1:37 p.m. The seats are in the city of Anaheim’s suite.

Bidding started earlier today at $500 for all four tickets. As of 2:30 p.m., the price was up to $1,000.

Proceeds from the auction benefit Cops 4 Kids, a police department charity that benefits Anaheim school children.

The auction ends Sunday at 9 p.m.; the winner can pay using cash, credit card, Pay Pal or check.

Email gmeza@anaheim.net if you’re interested.

Good luck.