Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk announced the unveiling of new uniforms for the Camden Sophisticated Sisters drill team.

The Prosecutor’s Office provided $8,099 for 150 new uniforms and accessories through a Federal Community Justice Grant. One of the grant’s permitted uses is for programs that prevent and control crime in Camden. The Sophisticated Sisters have gained a reputation as a positive force in Camden, and it was important to Prosecutor Faulk that fighting crime in the city goes beyond arrests and prosecutions.

A press conference Wednesday will give the organization an opportunity to unveil their new uniforms. Members of the drill team will perform a short demonstration of their skills and representatives from Camden Sophisticated Sisters, the Prosecutor’s Office and Mayor Dana Redd will be on hand to make remarks about the group’s impact in the city. If weather allows, we will be holding the press conference at noon at the park outside City Hall on 5th Street. If weather is inclement, the event will be held in City Council Chambers on the 4th floor of City Hall.

Camden Sophisticated Sisters was founded in 1986 and in its 26 years it has seen many of the participants in the group go on to college, vocational school or military service. One hundred percent of the youth participating graduate from high school. The organization, a dance and drill team for Camden students ages three to 18, has shown to be effective in reducing teenage pregnancy, gang participation and criminal conduct in the youth who participate. Participants often go on to have an affiliation with the organization for the rest of their lives, including participating in the adult squad.