Torch Graduation
TORCH graduation. Photo courtesy of El Monte Police Department

Some underprivileged youth marked the completion of a program geared toward preparing them for life during 34th graduation ceremony of the El Monte Police Department’s T.O.R.C.H. Academy held Saturday at El Monte High School, a police corporal said Sunday.

The 12-week Teaching Obedience, Respect, Courage and Honor program includes physical fitness, counseling, team sports, field trips and mentoring, said El Monte police Cpl. Aram Choe, adding that some participants were ordered by a Superior Court judge to complete the program. The graduation ceremony was held 9 a.m. Saturday at El Monte High School.

Staff academy includes El Monte police officers, retired police officers and volunteers from the community.

“Together this staff presents a program that teaches participants the necessary skills to make good choices based on sound judgement and that every choice has either a positive or negative consequence,” Choe said.

“The parents and guardians of the participants also attend parenting classes enhancing the effectiveness of the program.”

— City News Service

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