The Interrupters began as a volunteer-based program of community members willing to walk door-to-door handing out packets of information as part of a public education campaign to interrupt neighborhood youth violence; and, to show young people that the community will not tolerate youth violence. Together they work to educate our neighbors on what to look for, how to be safe, and what they could do to “interrupt” violence before it happens.
This initiative involves law enforcement, elected officials, religious leaders, students, parents, and anyone else that is willing to stand up for their community. The Interrupters has evolved into a regular group of community volunteers who come together for various community service programs with a focus on “interrupting” violence and building a sense of community. If you’re interested in participating in an upcoming Interrupters class, contact the Sheriff’s Office Community Engagement Division.