Public Safety

VIDEO: Deputies Recognized for Starting Youth Mentor Program

Nelson and Baker started the RESPECT Project in 2014. This short video is from a 2017 story about the program.

San Diego County Crime Stoppers is honoring two deputies from the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station for their exceptional efforts in an after-school program that’s helping children in the North County.

Deputies Dustin Nelson and Todd Baker go above and beyond the call of duty in mentoring students participating in the RESPECT Project.

RESPECT stands for Respect, Ethics, Strength, Perseverance, Education, Courage and Trustworthiness. The program started in 2014 in response to the needs of the communities in the North County.

Parents, probation officers and school counselors recommend middle and high school students to the program. Once a week for three months, students and deputies meet at the Boys and Girls Club of San Marcos. Classes include free meals and sports activities. Guest speakers inspire students to improve their lives by going to college and referring them to job training programs.

Deputies also connect the students to social services and employment opportunities.

Learn more about the RESPECT Project online.