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Toledo Police Department has more than 550 officers to protect Toledo
residents, but many also devote time to programs designed to keep Toledo youth
out of trouble.
police officers basically give you an eye-opener," said Kimbrance Slay, a
STRIVE participant. "They put things in a different perspective than you would
actually think about it."
Flo Wormley started the
STRIVE program 15 years ago, after an idea that came from her own son.
Officers on the Police Probation Team (PPT) help kids that may be headed down
the wrong path, and redirect them toward success.
you imagine really having your own, personal police officer to come to, to talk
to, to help you make some decisions, to redirect you, to talk about your
education?" Officer Wormley said.
School resource officers refer kids who have
committed an arrestable offense to the PPT and STRIVE. Students work with
officers to keep their records clean. Officers have set up basketball teams and
games, served as mentors, advocates and tutors, and helped prepare students for
I would have not been put in PPT program, then I would have all this stuff on
my record," said Cheyenne Goldsmith. "I would have probably got arrested
Wormley says the program has changed lives, including hers.
bonds that I make with some of these young people that are now grown, that I'm
dealing with their kids, is extraordinary," she said.