Junior Giants – Hayward PD

The Hayward Police Department has taken community outreach to a new level. Over a decade ago they partnered with the San Francisco Giants Community Fund to host the Junior Giants Baseball program. The Giants Community Fund serves 20,000 children in 85 leagues across California and into Nevada and Oregon.  

Dr. Emily Ruffo the Hayward Police Department's Junior Giants program director said “Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork are the four main focuses of the Junior Giants program.” Each day is tailored around a specific focus and help kids prepare for things such as bullying, respect for others and respect for themselves. The program is staffed with 3-4 community resource officers, 3 counselors and 2-3 case managers. This year the program saw anywhere from 500-600 kids a day.

“If we can just change one kids life for the better and we can keep one person out of jail and have them be a better community member. Than how much better does it get? It’s an absolute win-win for the police department and the community.” says police Hayward PD’s chief Diane Urban.

The full story will be published in the November issue of CA Police Chief-a Cal Chiefs publication.

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