The Youth Activities League program of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Marina del Rey Station graduated seven community youths in its Bicycle Education and Registration (BEAR) program during a ceremony February 9th.

The BEAR program was developed by Sheriff’s Bicycle Tactics Training deputy Ken Yanecko to teach community youths the same high level of bicycle education that is taught to law enforcement agencies.

The program teaches the young participants bicycle nomenclature, maintenance, safety and security, and each child is provided with a bike to apply practical techniques regarding bicycle riding and maintenance, Yanecko said. At the end of the program, each participant is awarded the bicycle that they worked on throughout the program.

The initiative is part of the Youth Activities League, which aims to bond community youngsters with law enforcement personnel to develop leadership skills and build good character and self esteem, deputies said. The participants, aged eight to 17, are assisted with homework, take part in sports activities and attend educational field trips after school.

Marina Sheriff’s deputies say they are seeking recruits for the Explorer program, which enables youths to gain law enforcement experience. Those interested must be between the ages of 14 and 21 and maintain a “C” grade-point average in school.

The Explorer and Youth Activities League programs are offered throughout the year at the Marina Sheriff’s Station, Burton Chace Park and the Frank D. Parent School.

Information, deputy Keith Harrison at (310) 410-7603, or deputy Ta’Hitia Crooks at (310) 410-7612.

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