The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, County Department of Public Health, and the Fresno Grizzlies have partnered to introduce “Parker’s Posse”, a new program strengthening law enforcement relationships in local communities and promoting health and wellness in area schools.
On June 7, in a special pre-game ceremony at Fresno’s Chukchansi Park, the organizations welcomed 500 students from eight Fresno County elementary schools to be “sworn in” as the first group of Parker’s Posse Deputies by Fresno County Supervisor, Sal Quintero, and Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims.
“This is a very exciting program for us to be a part of,” says Supervisor Quintero. “But most importantly, it’s something the students are excited about and engaged with. This will not only help to educate them in how to help make their communities safer and healthier, but it makes them active partners in doing just that.
The primary goal of the Parker’s Posse program is twofold: engage with elementary students in the rural and unincorporated areas of Fresno County, familiarize them with law enforcement in their area and strengthen community relationships. At the same time, the program aims to discourage smoking/vaping in our communities and help to improve public health.
“Building a comfort level between children and our deputies is a critical part to building trust in the communities that we serve,” says Sheriff Mims. “Parker’s Posse is a great way to get kids engaged, build strong relationships, and it empowers our youth to be our partners in helping to make our communities safer.”
Sheriff Mims also swore in Grizzlies mascot, Parker T. Bear! Each member of Parker’s Posse received a special badge along with a team set of Parker’s Posse baseball cards depicting members of the Grizzlies team, Sheriff’s Office, and other partners in this special program.
The inaugural Parker’s Posse Deputies include students from Calwa School (Fresno), Mayfair Elementary (Fresno), Biola Pershing (Fresno), Pinedale Elementary (Pinedale), Caruthers Elementary (Caruthers), Malaga Elementary (Fresno), Foothill Elementary (Prather), and Dunlap Elementary (Dunlap).