Police chief, top probation officer, superintendent will travel to Washington, D.C.

By From page A6 | July 09, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Police Chief Walt Tibbet, Solano County Chief Probation Officer Chris Hanson and Fairfield-Suisun School District Superintendent Kris Corey will attend a Sept. 8-10 program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., about juvenile justice reform.

People will be able to improve juvenile diversion by attending the program, according to a letter from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at the university.

Individual tuition for the juvenile diversion certificate program is $2,000. A scholarship is paying for the superintendent’s registration costs, according to a report to the Fairfield-Suisun School District’s governing board.

The report states the program was “developed for California police chiefs, district attorneys, probation officers, and others working with youth to obtain training and technical assistance to enhance local youth and family policing practices.”

Tibbet said Tuesday that entry to the program is competitive and that officials in Solano County hope to help pilot the juvenile diversion effort here.

“It’s so valuable,” Tibbet said.

David White, city manager of Fairfield, said of the Georgetown University program: “It was really a big deal to get into it.”

Attorney Barrie Becker, California state director for the national nonprofit Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, said fundraising efforts by the group are underway to cover the costs for representatives from Solano County as well as Salinas and San Mateo.

“We’re helping to raise money for the whole team,” she said.

Becker will attend the event, which she describes as intensive, evidence-based training, as a facilitator.

The website for the nonprofit states it is an anti-crime organization of nearly 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, attorneys general and other law enforcement leaders and violence survivors.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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