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It takes a community to help you help your kids make safe and healthy decisions. This blog tackles the real, everyday issues our children face concerning drugs and alcohol, authored by law enforcement and other professionals in various roles serving communities just like yours.

September 28, 2011 | by Timothy Shoemaker 0 Comments

Raising Awareness During Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country, taking place this year on October 23rd-31st.  Veteran police officer Tim Shoemaker has some tips for those looking to celebrate Red Ribbon Week in their communities.   Red Ribbon Week (RRW) is an ideal time to collaborate with...

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September 21, 2011 | by Andrew Dale 3 Comments

Calling the Police on our Kids: Unthinkable or Essential?

Anyone working in law enforcement has overheard the occasional parent walking by with their kids saying, “You better be good, or that officer will take you off to jail!”  When I hear things like this, I usually just smile, chuckle and shrug off the comment.  However, it has always bothered... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Community, Drug, Parent

September 19, 2011 | by PACT360 0 Comments

What do YOU want to ask a law enforcement official?

To our blog readers, Autumn is rapidly approaching, a time for change and reflection. We’re using this time to increase awareness and exposure of this blog! We’d love to hear your suggestions for new posts and topics to be covered by our committed, knowledgeable law enforcement bloggers. What do you want...

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September 14, 2011 | by PACT360 0 Comments

Getting Involved At Our Kids' Schools: Where Do We Start?

Are you involved in your child’s school and its programs? Rolling up our sleeves and becoming involved in our children’s daytime and extracurricular activities not only facilitates family bonding, but can provide parents with valuable insight about our kids’ interests.  It can even be an important step when it comes...

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CATEGORIES: Community, Prevention, Teen

September 07, 2011 | by Timothy Shoemaker 5 Comments

Early Intervention: Are Schools Doing Their Part?

Schools are institutions for educating children—but are our schools doing their part in protecting kids from falling victim to the dangers of drugs and alcohol at an early age? Veteran police officer Timothy Shoemaker shares his insights about the importance of early intervention in schools as back-to-school season kicks in.  In...

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CATEGORIES: Alcohol, Community, Prevention, Teen

August 31, 2011 | by Andrew Dale 0 Comments

Prescription Drug Use vs. Abuse: Education is Key

An officer’s obligation to educate today’s youth about the danger of prescription drug (Rx) abuse is crucial, and could have great impact in preventing the abuse of both illegal and prescription drugs.  In my experience, young people tend to associate the term “drug abuse” with widely used illegal drugs such as marijuana,...

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CATEGORIES: Drug, Parent, Teen

August 24, 2011 | by Timothy Shoemaker 2 Comments

A Policeman’s Role Revisited

People choose to use drugs. They pay for them. They take great risks in order to get them. So long as our communities continue to crave drugs, we will find ourselves locked in a costly and debilitating stalemate. Drug use is the number one contributor to crime in America.  While... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Drug, Prevention

August 17, 2011 | by Jason Weber 5 Comments

Letting your children drink at home – good idea or bad idea?

Many parents rationalize underage drinking and allow their children, and often other children, to consume alcohol in their home. In my previous blog about “party homes,” I mentioned some of the reasons parents do this – and there are plenty: “at least I know where my child is;” “at least... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Alcohol, Parent, Teen

August 10, 2011 | by Julia Corwin 0 Comments

Idle hands…

With summer vacation well under way, many children are no doubt getting bored. This, we know, can lead to trouble! With boredom, the temptation to try alcohol or drugs is greater. In this week’s blog post, Julia Corwin, of the Salt Lake City Police Department, has provided some advice for... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Alcohol, Drug, Parent, Prevention, Teen

August 03, 2011 | by PACT360 1 Comments

If you do the crime, you’ll do the time

In a previous post, “Do Scare Tactics Work,” Julia Corwin considered how children perceive the consequences of their actions. This week, Sgt. Jim Cox of the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia, provides further advice for parents trying to help their children understand the consequences of breaking the law (and the...

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CATEGORIES: Parent, Prevention, Teen