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Community Engagement Blog

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.

November 16, 2011 | by Andrew Dale 0 Comments

My Teen was Arrested: Now What?

When you find out your child has been arrested, the first instinct might be to panic.  Knowing what will happen and what you can do as a parent to prevent future incidents is not always easy.  Sergeant Andrew Dale of the  Shawnee County Sheriff's Office discusses what happens to teens... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Community, Parent, Teen


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


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


July 06, 2011 | by Andrew Dale 0 Comments

Bridging the Gap between Law Enforcement and Children

Often there exists a gap between a community’s children and law enforcement. Bridging this gap can strengthen the community and enable the police to better protect, educate and interact with the children. We asked Sgt. Andrew Dale to discuss some examples of how local law enforcement is involved with the... Continue Reading >



May 12, 2011 | by Andrew Dale 0 Comments

Prom Season: What Parents Need to Know

I believe it is very important for law enforcement and parents to work together to proactively educate, prevent, and combat underage drinking problems by providing a unified effort - especially when it comes to prom season.  For teens, prom is a chance to celebrate with their friends, the end of high...

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CATEGORIES: Alcohol, Parent, Teen


April 07, 2011 | by Andrew Dale 0 Comments

How Do You Trust Your Teen Again When They Are In Trouble With Drugs?

I had the luxury of coming from a small town in Southwest Kansas where the impact of drugs seemed to be far removed from my daily concerns as a kid. I was also fortunate that my parents were very comfortable and made sure we knew that we could talk to... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Drug, Parent, Teen