Guilford County officers raising funds for male mentor program

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Officers at the Guilford County Detention Center are raising funds to continue serving youth through its male mentor program.

Sergeant Catherine Netter with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office started LEMM (Law Enforcement Male Mentors) in 2009 in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont.

The program’s goal is to reach young people before they make choices that could get them incarcerated.

"I would much rather be laid off because we don't have enough inmates to fill the detention facilities than to know that I have job stability simply because people are committing crimes,” she said.

Captain Chavis Reid, also with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, understands the need for male role models. He served as a Big Brother for three years before his mentee aged out of the program.

"You could see a day to day effort in him working to improve on his performance and his behavior,” Reid said.

"We go in we're a child's lunch buddy, we will participate in reading programs, help with homework assignments, help with homework projects, and really just show them that support they may not have at home,” Netter said.

LEMM and Big Brothers Big Sisters are working on a fundraising goal of $5,000 to further support this program.

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