Lions Club honors police officials for their teen court efforts

March 14, 2002

Anne Arundel County police officials who help coordinate the county's teen court program have been honored by the Severn River Lions Club.

Cpl. Donald W. Higdon, coordinator of the teen court program, received the club's 2002 We Serve award at the Lions Club annual dinner last week. Lt. Jason Little, commander of the county police youth services unit, was presented with a certificate of appreciation, and Jacqueline A. Bardelli, the Police Department's assistant coordinator of the court, was presented with a community service award.

The county's teen court was designed for first-time juvenile offenders who have been charged with misdemeanors. After offenders acknowledge responsibility for their actions, a jury of their peers determines the punishment.

The program has been operating in the county since 1988 and is one of the community service projects supported by the Severn River Lions Club, which serves Severna Park, Arnold, Millersville and nearby neighborhoods.

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