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December 19th, 2009
Academy wins CTCPA award

1SMA_CTCPA AwardLeft to right: videographer Marcus McDonald, director of alumni relations Gina Belzung, president of the Parent Connection Genia Belzung, Principal Bob Bryant, communications director Shelley Henry and Hays County Deputy Mike Thielen.

STAFF REPORT

The Central Texas Crime Prevention Association (CTCPA) singled out San Marcos Baptist Academy’s (SMBA) Shattered Dreams program as the Outstanding Crime Prevention Program of the Year.  The award was presented at the CTCPA luncheon on Dec. 11. As a regional winner, the program will be considered for the Texas Crime Prevention Association (TCA) Program of the year, to be announced in July 2010.

The first ever Shattered Dreams program was conducted by SMBA in April on the school campus with the assistance of San Marcos and Hays County law enforcement  and emergency services agencies. The program was funded by SMBA’s Parent Connection. Several volunteer parents participated in the planning.

Shattered Dreams attempts to alert students to the dangers associated with drinking and driving. The program involved the dramatization of an alcohol related crash on campus replete with police, EMS response personnel, emergency room treatment, family notifications and the consequent arrest and booking of the driver.

Marcus McDonald, SMBA staff member, made a three-part video documenting the program. Since it has been posted on the school’s website and YouTube, the video has received more than 6,500 hits.

The video also is being used in Standard Field Sobriety Training for officers across Texas. Other agencies, including the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission as well as some area schools have also made use of the videos for training purposes.

Said Deputy Mike Thielen, a crime prevention specialist from the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, “The video San Marcos Academy edited and produced was absolutely outstanding. Many officers and deputies have commented on the quality of the work.”

The CTCPA is a regional affiliate of the state-wide Texas Crime Prevention Association. CTCPA encompasses 29 counties and is made up of law enforcement officers, city officials, crime prevention specialists and concerned business representatives and citizens dedicated to reducing the opportunity for crime.

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