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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 12, 2018

MEDIA ADVISORY-- U.S. Attorney, APD Police Chief and Other Officials to Participate in 2018 Camp Fearless Graduation Ceremony

Tomorrow’s Ceremony, Open to Media, Marks Conclusion of Summer Youth Prevention Camp Program that has been in Operation for 22 Years

ALBUQUERQUE – This week the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) collaborated with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Boys & Girls Club of Central New Mexico, Albuquerque Fire and Rescue, DEA, New Mexico State Police, New Mexico Army National Guard, and Isleta Pueblo Tribal Police Department to host its second week of Camp Fearless, a summer youth prevention program. 

U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Albuquerque Police Chief Michael Geier and other officials will join the campers for the second week of Camp Fearless during a graduation ceremony scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, July 13, 2018, at 1:15 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club of Central New Mexico at 3333 Truman Street NE in Albuquerque.  The graduation ceremony is OPEN PRESS.

The 2018 Camp Fearless Program marks the 22nd year that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and its law enforcement and outreach partners have collaborated to operate summer youth camps with a youth drug, gang and gun violence prevention emphasis.  The summer camp program originated as part of the Justice Department’s Weed & Seed Project and its Project Safe Neighborhoods program.  This year, APD assumed leadership of the summer camp program as part of its Community Policing Program.

 The two one-week camps, which were free of charge to youth from nine to 12 years of age, were designed to keep youth free of substance abuse and criminal involvement by providing physically challenging recreational and life skills activities, interaction with positive role models, and evidence-based gang and substance abuse resistance training.  Campers also participated in a field trip to the Albuquerque Fire and Rescue training complex, an APD crime lab simulation, low ropes and obstacle courses, bowling and other fun physical activities, and classes during which law enforcement officers and Guardsmen made presentations on drug, gang and violence prevention.

WHO:            

U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson

Albuquerque City Councilor Diane G. Gibson, District 7

APD Police Chief Michael Geier

APD Deputy Police Chief Harold J. Medina

Albuquerque Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Gene Gallegos

Tim Sheahan, President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico

WHEN:         

Friday, July 13, 2018, 1:15 p.m.

WHERE:      

Boys & Girls Club of Central New Mexico, 3333 Truman Street NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

NOTE:  Media representatives must present government-issued photo I.D. (i.e., driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials.  Media representatives may begin to arrive at 1:00 p.m.  RSVPs and inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to USAO Media Coordinator Alyssa Ferda, contractor, at (office) 505-224-1480, (cell) 505-366-1463, or alyssa.ferda@usdoj.gov.

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Updated July 12, 2018