The Department of Youth Services’ five brand-new Mazda CX5s, which were turned over to DYS two weeks ago on April 14, have since been distributed to the organization’s multiple divisions and units.
DYS’ largest unit, the Child Protective Services, got two SUVs, with the Juvenile Probation Unit, the Family and Youth Enhancement Program, and DYS Administration receiving one SUV each respectively.
For CPS, the brand-new SUVs were huge upgrades compared to the work vehicles they were using before.
“Our cars used to be [old models]. It was scary transporting clients in them because they might break down. The new cars are very handy and useful and really helped our programs,” said CPS supervisor Julian Camacho.
CPS uses their two new SUVs daily to aid in transporting their clients to counseling appointments. For parents without cars, CPS can take them to the Medicaid offices, NAP offices, their houses/housing, etc.
“[The cars] are fairly new, but the mileage is already really high because we’re using them every day,” said Camacho.