- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

APEX, N.C. (AP) - An Apex police officer represents seven departments around the country being honored by the White House for work connecting law enforcement with local youth.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (https://bit.ly/1iCUktH) Capt. Jacques Gilbert and Apex resident Tracy Stallworth will take part in the “Champions of Change” ceremony scheduled for Monday afternoon. The White House program highlights people doing extraordinary things to better their communities.

Gilbert and Stallworth started working together in 2012 following complaints about Stallworth and his friends skateboarding downtown and in neighborhoods. Gilbert recognized there was a need for youngsters who enjoy skateboarding to have a place to skate safely.

The two came together behind community service projects and developing a town skate park that opened last month, improving relationships between Apex police and local youths.

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