Albany - The Albany Police Department hopes to reduce crime by implementing an Americorps program here. Chief James Younger is applying for a $137,000 grant that will provide 10 Americorps cadets and one full-time employee to initiate crime prevention programs in low-income and high-crime neighborhoods.
Kids from 10 to 17 will take part in athletic activities and receive help with school work. Chief James Younger said, "We're going to utilize the Americorps cadets to interact with seniors and also youth that may be at risk." Senior citizens will receive guidance about scams that target older adults and learn about resources to lower crime in their neighborhoods.
Americorps members earn money for college or to pay back student loans in exchange for their service.