“Youth Firesetter Prevention and Intervention Academy” in Anderson hosts arson-risk juveniles

ANDERSON, Calif. — A group of juveniles who were identified by law enforcement officials due to their fire-setting tendencies and behaviors attended last night’s “Youth Firesetter Prevention and Intervention Academy” in Anderson, Thursday evening, May 6.

The program is part of the Youth Violence Prevention Council and is a partnership of the Shasta Arson Task Force, and serves as a diversion program for these young offenders, Anderson Police Department said this morning.


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The purpose of the program is to educate the arson-risk youth about the risks and dangers their actions and criminal behaviors cause with the hope of curbing “any future reckless behaviors,” officials said of the program.

Topics of the program include identifying the dangers of fire, the legal aspects of arson, and interviews with two prior burn survivors.

Sergeant Ramirez and CSO Shaw – the department’s most recently hired CSO who is one of the co-founding members of the program – represented the Anderson Police Department at last night’s program, along with Councilman Browning.

“Our agency recognized the importance of this program and encouraged her to continue her participation and guidance for the program,” APD said after last night’s program.

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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.