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Sacramento Program Helps SHOCK At-Risk Kids

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Parent Tina Moseley looks over paperwork with Sheriff's Deputy Michael Saigeon. Moseley hopes the SHOCK program will help her family.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

SHOCK stands for:

  • Self-discipline
  • Honor
  • Obedience
  • Character
  • Knowledge

The Sheriffs Department's SHOCK program combines behavioral therapy with physical drills at the Sheriff's training academy.  


There is a spring and fall session. Deputy Michael Saigeon says trips to a state prison and group talks with members of law enforcement are also part of the curriculum.

"There's a lot of commonalities out there," he says, "and the kids start to see that and understand that by tweaking some things, they can make different choices and come out okay."

There is also individual and family counseling that continues for up to four months after the eight week program is over.
Family therapy appeals to Tina Moseley. Her two sons are signed up for the spring program which starts next Monday.  

"Seems like it's got a lot of positive influence," she says, "respect for one another, just all kinds of stuff, it just sounds really really really positive to get their self esteem back up."

The Sheriff's Department runs the program with the help of Terra Nova Counseling Services and the Sacramento Children's Home.

Deputy Saigeon says none of the kids who have gone through the program have had a negative contact with law enforcement since graduating.

The department hopes previous graduates will some day help teach future programs.

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