Deputies Saddle Up With Val Verde Youth
First-ever Posse Youth Program held at Jack Bones Equestrian Center Saturday.
The Sheriff’s Reserve and Volunteer Posse held its first-ever Posse Youth Program Saturday morning at the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Jack Bones Equestrian Center.
Several Val Verde youths who are enrolled in the Sheriff's Youth Activity League, participated in the event. Throughout the event, they got to know reserve deputies and posse volunteers, interacted with the horses, learned how to groom and care for the horses as well as ride them around the arena, led by posse members and enjoyed a barbecue. At the end of the event, there was a barbecue.
The Sheriff's Youth Activity League (YAL) is a program based out of Val Verde Community Park which provides leadership and mentoring for area youth. The program helps youths in the Santa Clarita Valley make life enhancing decisions free of drugs and gangs. It offers an avenue of early intervention and alternate activities to counteract negative influences.
"Many of these youth have never had the opportunity to interact and participate in a program like this one where they can learn about an entity of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and how to care for horses," said Captain Anthony La Berge of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. "This is a unique opportunity for our staff and our youth to interact in a positive way.
The Sheriff's Youth Activity League and this portion of the program, which involves the Sheriff's Reserve and Volunteer Posse, helps to strengthen the relationships between law enforcement, youth and the community. By providing positive influences through a wide variety of unique events like this one, we create opportunities that these kids may not normally have," La Berge added.
Law enforcement started on horseback with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in the Santa Clarita Valley more than 150 years ago. That tradition continues today with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station's mounted posse.