T.O.R.C.H. - Teaching Obedience Respect Courage & Honor

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About the Program

The El Monte Police Department has always been dedicated to youth intervention. Our most successful youth intervention program is the Teaching Obedience Respect Courage and Honor Academy (T.O.R.C.H.). The academy is designed for “at risk” juveniles who have engaged in unwanted behavior, and are attempting to rehabilitate. The T.O.R.C.H. Academy is a twelve week program, which includes but is not limited to:

  • Physical fitness
  • Team sports
  • Counseling
  • Guest speakers
  • Field trips
  • Mentoring
  • Rewards

Often the participants are ordered by a Superior Court Judge to complete the Academy, so we service youth throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Reason for T.O.R.C.H.

Many young people today are making bad decisions, based on negative information from their peers. They rarely seek the advice of their parent(s), teachers or other responsible adults. To compound the problem, many families have no foundation for structure. This leads to a lack of parental control and the result is a young person without values or respect for authority.

The T.O.R.C.H. Academy is about choices and consequences. We give the participants necessary skills to make good choices that are based on sound judgment. Our staff teaches the participants that every choice has either a positive or negative consequence.

Life Qualities

We instill the following qualities in each of the participants and their families:

  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Judgment
  • Knowledge
  • Initiative
  • Endurance
  • Patience
  • Unselfishness
  • Honesty
  • Decisiveness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Loyalty
  • Self-esteem
  • Discipline

This is achieved by Teaching, Obedience, Respect, Courage, and Honor.

Upcoming T.O.R.C.H. Academy Class 40

The upcoming T.O.R.C.H. academy will be held at the El Monte High School. Orientation is on August 26, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The class will run from September 9, 2017 to November 18, 2017. Students will attend class from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The parenting classes in English will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and the parenting classes in Spanish will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.