The Tucson Police Department is pleased to announce our participation and support of a 2012 summer youth swim program, in conjunction with City of Tucson Parks & Recreation Department. The program is designed to reduce the number of water-related deaths in the community by providing Tucson’s youth with life-saving skills through swim lessons.

Nationwide, approximately 300 children under the age of five drown in swimming pools each year; and more than 5,000 children, ages 14 and under, are hospitalized due to drowning-related accidents. The Tucson Police Department is committed to helping prevent drowning incidents by supporting community programs that have a positive impact on the safety of Tucson community members. This summer swim program is expected to help nearly 4,800 of Tucson’s youth gain the knowledge and skills to be safe in and around swimming pools.

The swim program will not only serve to teach essential skills, but will also promote health and fitness, while providing a positive environment for youth to spend part of their summer. As an additional benefit, the program will serve to provide community members with employment opportunities for the summer, which will introduce them to the City of Tucson and generate interest in future employment opportunities within the organization. Financing to support this program is coming from RICO (Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations) funds, which are proceeds seized by law enforcement, from criminal activity associated with illegal drugs.

Those interested in participating in this fun and beneficial program can register on line and receive a voucher of sponsorship from the Tucson Police Department. Registration begins April 21, 2012.

Contact: Linda Galindo
Sergeant / Public Information Office

On-call PIO: tucsonpdpio@gmail.com