Youth Services Unit
The WAKE-UP Program
WAKE-UP is an intervention/prevention program for parents and their at-risk youth,
ages 11-17 years old. The program is coordinated through the Youth Services Unit, and is
facilitated by a Modesto Police Department Officer. The nine class sessions consist of presentations
by people in specialized fields, who will discuss a variety of topics, and an all day field trip to
a California State prison. The classes are held once a week, in the evening, for two
and a half hours. For
more information regarding this program please call (209) 572-9873.
Modesto Police P.A.L. Police Activities League
Modesto P.AL. is an important link between the Modesto Police Department and the youth in our community.
P.A.L. is based on the conviction that young people can resist drugs and gangs by developing strong, positive
attitudes, and by learning there are alternatives to negative peer pressure. P.A.L. brings kids 7 to 18 years old
and police officers together through organized sports, leisure activities and educational programs. Modesto P.A.L.
is funded totally by donations, and 100% of all donations go to support the programs and activities. MODESTO P.A.L.
DOES NOT USE TELEPHONE SOLICITATIONS TO OBTAIN ITS FUNDS. Some of the sports offered are boxing, basketball, baseball,
Modesto Police Department Diversion Program
Diversion is a program for first time youth offenders which is designed to assign realistic and measurable consequences,
to provide counseling and education to the offender and their parent(s) on how to prevent further offenses from occurring,
and to discuss what the consequences will be if the child does re-offend. The intent of the program is to help kids stay
out of the main stream judicial system through directives, counseling and education.
Modesto School Safety Patrol
The Modesto School
Safety Patrol (SSP) is to help elementary students cross
the street safely.
The Modesto School Safety Patrol started in 1928
with 1 school and 1 student and now works with 36
elementary schools with a total of 1,500 student
SSP officer has a meeting with each school safety patrol
twice throughout the school year.
The meeting consists of the SSP officer training
the members in a specific routine, addressing safety
concerns, motivating, supporting and encouraging the
SSP officer also does unannounced observations of the
students while they are working on the street.
The officer’s observations are then discussed
with the student members at the meeting.
An end of the year parade and review is
coordinated by the SSP officer at John Thurman Field
where awards and prizes are presented to the schools and
For more information call: (209) 572-9873.
W.A.K.E.U.P Brochure (PDF)