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Benicia Police Department
Tuesday March 22nd, 2011 :: 04:35 p.m. PDT


Police Chaplain Ric Small to be recognized by County Commission for volunteer efforts with Liberty HS Mentor Program.

Ric Small, a newly appointed Benicia Police Chaplain who has volunteered his time in the department's Liberty High School Mentor Program, will be recognized for his work this Thursday evening during an annual awards ceremony sponsored by the Solano County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission. The annual awards banquet is set to take place in Vacaville.

Each year, the Commission selects nominated individuals from around Solano County who have made a positive impact on juveniles and / or juvenile delinquency. The Commission issues individual awards in five different categories: Community-at Large, Law Enforcement, Ministry, Education, and Corrections and Probation. Ric was nominated by the Benicia Police Department in the Ministry category and was selected by the Commission.

"Ric really has had a lifelong commitment to improving the lives of the youth of our community," said Benicia Police Volunteer Coordinator Patti Baron, who oversees the Police Department's Chaplain program which includes the Mentor Program. "Ric was selected in 2005 as one of our original Liberty High School Mentors. He has really made an impact on the program and the kids he mentors throughout the school year. He is very deserving of this County award."

Established in 2005, the Liberty High School Mentor Program was the brainchild of the Police Chaplains. Chaplains or commissioned laypersons from local churches are selected to establish a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a number of students at Benicia's Liberty High School. This award winning program has been very successful at the school in increasing graduation rates, reducing suspensions, and providing positive role models to mentor students in improving their work at school and dealing with other life issues.

In addition to his Chaplain and Mentoring contributions, Ric is the owner of Alonzo and Small Insurance Agency in Benicia, has been an active member in Benicia's Northgate Christian Fellowship for over 20 years, and has lived in Benicia for over 30 years.

Any questions to this press release, please contact Lt. Mike Daley at (707)590-4259 or via e-mail. Questions relative to the Solano County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission or the awards dinner, please contact the Commission's Chairperson, Mr. John Lawson, at (707)853-6972.

Benicia Police Department
200 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510

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