Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic


1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

Each month, youths from the ages of 5-18 years will be nominated by teachers, police officers and the community for "Doing the Right Thing." Doing the right thing includes anything from saving a life to improving grade performance. A board of directors consisting of area business leaders will receive the nominations each month and choose a winner. A ceremony will be held each month to honor ten finalists and the winner. A year end ceremony will also be held honoring the grand prize winner. The winner will receive a college scholarship. Local television and newspaper media plan on spotlighting the winners and their achievements.

2. When was the program created and why?

The idea for "Do the Right Thing" was born in 1990, during a Miami Police award ceremony, at which a teenager was honored for turning in a loaded gun found at his school, despite pressure from his peers not to do so. The positive recognition helped community volunteers, along with the Police Department, to develop an on-going recognition program for students. The Akron Police Departmentís "Do the Right Thing" program will go into effect in the fall of 1998. This program will reinforce socially desirable behavior among youth, demonstrate that "good kids" are newsworthy and foster positive relations between area businesses, the Police Department and the community.

3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?

Based on the success of the Miami Police Departmentís program, and the amount of financial and volunteer support we have received already, we are confident that this program will succeed.

4. How is the program financed?

The program is currently sponsored by grants and business donations.

5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?

We will get the word out to the community via the newspaper, television and radio spots. The Police Department expects a positive response from the community, once the program gets started.

6. Contact Person:

Sgt. Mike Cianciola or Detective John Nouse, 217 S. High St. Akron, Ohio 44308, Telephone 330/375-2390, FAX (330)375-2412.

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