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interior of the vehicle received minor damage. performer came on stage, and this was a completely different story. He was announced as Wendell Atkins, but sounded to catalog every incident; let it suffice to say that we left shortly after Nelson appeared, and headed for Mexia. Mike Bell assumes newest position for Mexia police Sergeant Mike Bell has been installed in a newly-created position as Juvenile Officer in charge of the Juvenile Division of the Mexia Police Department. Mike, who lias been with the Mexia PD for four years, has completed 300 hours of specialized police training at Sam Houston University. He was shot while attempting to arrest two 1 burglary suspects, and was named V.F.W. Peace Officer of the year in 1973. The manifold purpose of the Juvenile Division, as described by Chief W.L. Van deWeghe, is to divert juveniles from the Criminal Justice process, to coordinate efforts between the juvenile probation officer, judge, and referral agencies; to establish a referral system which will have an effective capacity in the handling of juvenile offenders. There was a 45.6 percent increase in juveniles handled by the Mexia Police Department from 1974 to 975, which indicated that there is a dire need for attention in the area of juvenile offenders. Juveniles handled through the new division will benefit from the personal attention which can be provided by the .juvenile officer. The officer in charge of the Juvenile Division will establish formal liaison with referral agencies, juvenile probation officers; and judge, and develop a formal for cooperation and schedule for meetings. He will also be responsible for educating the community on the program through the school system, and for presenting programs on drugs, alcohol, and safety in the schools. The Juvenile Officer will receive 40 hours of training in the first six months of the project and an additional 40 hours in specialized training by the end of the project year. This officer will devote 100 percent of his time to juvenile matters, including investigating every serious incident or crime involving a juvenile, consulting with the parents or guardians of juveniles, providing counseling and assistance to juveniles with problems, investigating all referrals from local schools regarding truancy, referring juveniles to available social services, and conducting public education programs on juvenile crime and drug abuse. ' : The Project Director and the Chief of Police will evaluate the measurable progress of the project, and the accumulated statistics of the measurable goals will be contrast with present available statistics. Heads juvenile division Sargeant Mike Bell (right) accepts the key to oil ntw offtet fro* Wk* Cfciff W.L>. VM deWeghe. Sgt Bell will be in charge of the wwly-croalw) JllVfnil* Division of Ik* llnia Police Department, which is funded by a grant from the Criminal Jutfk* Cbtttcil. (Staff photo by Linda Wells)

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  1. The Mexia Daily News,
  2. 12 Jan 1976, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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