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O.C. parents patrol against gangs, graffiti

October 8, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hundreds of Orange County parents are teaming up with police to help take a stand against gangs at 26 elementary and middle schools. More than 750 parents are taking part in the new Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (GRIP) parent greeter program. The program is aimed at identifying at-risk youth and keeping students in school and out of gangs.

Parents who take part in the program will stand in front of the GRIP schools wearing orange vests before and after school to greet students and make sure they're following the dress code and not dressed like gang members.

The Orange County District Attorney's office, which is organizing the program, says the parents serve as a deterrent to gang members. Schools that launched the program early say there is a noticeable decrease in gang presence and graffiti.