City wins two statewide awards

Santa Clarita re­ceives Pub­lic Safety Award for its out­reach ‘Heroin Kills’ cam­paign

The Signal - - NEWS - By Sig­nal Staff

On the day of its an­nual drug sym­po­sium for par­ents, the city of Santa Clarita has re­ceived the Pub­lic Safety Award for its out­reach cam­paign “Heroin Kills: The High is a Lie — The Shock­ing Truth About Heroin in Santa Clarita.”

The League of Cal­i­for­nia Cities an­nounced Wed­nes­day they had se­lected the city as a 2017 He­len Put­nam Award win­ner at its con­fer­ence in Sacra­mento.

Mo­bi­liz­ing to com­bat a cri­sis fac­ing its young res­i­dents, heroin, the city, law en­force­ment, school dis­tricts, med­i­cal ex­perts and lo­cal non­profit agen­cies have co-hosted the Heroin Kills sym­po­sium for sev­eral years now.

The League rec­og­nized the city’s ef­forts as a hard-hit­ting ed­u­ca­tion and out­reach cam­paign to raise aware­ness and ed­u­cate youth and par­ents on the dan­gers and ef­fects of drugs. The pro­gram ad­dresses in­creased fa­tal­i­ties due to drug abuse.

Also awarded to the city, was the In­ter­nal Ad­min­is­tra­tion award for its Em­ployee De­vel­op­ment pro­grams.

Through the Men­tor­ing Pro­gram, em­ploy­ees can take on pro­mo­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties within the or­ga­ni­za­tion. The Lead­er­ship Acad­emy lever­ages monthly train­ing ses­sions, team-build­ing ex­er­cises, open dis­cus­sions and in­ter­ac­tions with di­rec­tors, the as­sis­tant city man­ager and the city man­ager to help em­ploy­ees be­come lead­ers in the city.

“This year’s award win­ning pro­grams are two ex­am­ples of projects that are of great ben­e­fit to our com­mu­nity in two very dif­fer­ent ways,” said Coun­cil­woman Marsha McLean in a state­ment. “Santa Clarita puts a strong em­pha­sis on for­ward think­ing ini­tia­tives and cre­ative so­lu­tions.”

Es­tab­lished in 1982, the He­len Put­nam Award for Ex­cel­lence pro­gram rec­og­nizes out­stand­ing cities that de­liver the high­est qual­ity and level of ser­vice in the most ef­fec­tive man­ner pos­si­ble.

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