Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman recently recognized volunteers and police liaison officers for their service to the Montgomery County Youth Aid Panel.
The Youth Aid Panel program is a “balanced and restorativejustice program” sponsored by the district attorney’s office.
The unique program helps first-time juvenile offenders take responsibility for their actions and move forward in a more positive direction with the assistance of a group of local community volunteers. It also provides a juvenile with a second chance to maintain a clean criminal record after committing a minor crime. It is offeredto the juvenileonly one time.
Ferman addressed a group of approximately 80 volunteers and police officers. Her message was clear and precise, relating her strong commitment to the program and her appreciation to all the volunteers and police officers that “make this program work”.
The district attorney recognized 42 volunteers and 15 police officers for five and ten years of service to the program.
Six of the police officers were recognized for being part of the Youth Aid Panel program since the inception years ago. They are: Officer William James, Lower Pottsgrove Township; Detective Carl Molt, Lower Moreland Township; Detective James Reape, Montgomery Township; Detective George Moyer III, Franconia Township; Detective Robert Waeltz, Horsham Township, and Sgt. Kurt Scherzberg, Souderton Borough.
Special recognitions were presented to Detective Les Glauner, Upper Merion Township Police Department for “Youth Aid Panel Police Liaison Officer of the Year” and Craig Sheffler-Collins, Lower Merion Panel, for “Youth Aid Panel Volunteer of the Year.
Glauner completed nine years of service to the Youth Aid Panel Program. He says he is passionate about working with juveniles in his community to provide them with opportunities to succeed in life.
“Juvenile Detective Les Glauner has always displayed his strong commitment to the safety and welfare of the children in the community,” Nolan said. “Les was instrumental in developing and implementing a curfew ordinance in Upper Merion Township. He represents the department as a member of the Safe Schools Committee and CAST.”
Craig Sheffler-Collins is the executive chair overseeing three panels in Lower Merion.
He spends numerous hours coordinating the panels and helping them work effectively to provide the best service to the juveniles in the Lower Merion area.
Sheffler-Collins is also passionate about serving the youth in his community.
“I am very appreciative of the recognition of my efforts,” he said. “I’m only the most visible volunteer of a very committed and hard-working group of 20 Lower Merion residents.”