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Hannibal Police launch program to teach kids how to be good citizens

The Hannibal Police Department is launching a new program this summer as part of a community policing effort.

It’s called the Positive Alternatives Youth Services, or PAY$, program.

Hannibal Middle School counselors will select 30 students to be interviewed for ten spots in the program. This summer they will work on a variety of projects as police mentor them on civic awareness.

“One of their jobs is going to be possibly graffiti cleanup throughout the city along with the Parks and Recs department so it will be neat for them to be able to see how that deteriorates an area, what that does to the community and how hard it is to remove those kinds of things,” said Sgt. Joel Combs.

The 5-week program starts July 9th, police hope to expand it to more students next year.

Alexandra Carter

WGEM News Anchor

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