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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.

May 08, 2012 | by Timothy Shoemaker 0 Comments

You Can’t Spell “Community” Without “Unity”

You Can’t Spell “Community” Without “Unity”

You can't spell "community" without "unity." No school, police department, prevention group or parent can hope to build a drug-free future on their own. Our destinies are intertwined, and so too must be our efforts. Our communities brand us in so many ways. They shape our norms, values, beliefs and trajectories. But at the same time, our communities are nothing more than reflections of ourselves.

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November 30, 2011 | by Timothy Shoemaker 0 Comments

When Cops Use K9s

Specially trained animals have long been an indispensable element of many military and law enforcement operations. Perhaps none are more common, more versatile or more misunderstood than the Police K9. A trained dog and handler can track a missing child, subdue a fleeing felon, reveal smuggled produce, detect concealed narcotics or...

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November 09, 2011 | by Timothy Shoemaker 0 Comments

Thanksgiving Break: A Lesson in Responsible Living for College Teens

For parents that have a kid who is in his or her first year of college, Thanksgiving break provides a chance to celebrate the recent success of their child’s newfound independence.  It is also an indispensible opportunity for parents to reinforce the importance of responsible living. College is much more than...

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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 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

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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 >

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July 27, 2011 | by Timothy Shoemaker 13 Comments

3 Tips for Parents on Teen Substance Abuse

Having helped many families weather their first encounter with teen substance abuse, I’ve learned to respect three critical guidelines: Treat the First Time as the Last Time Use the Law Rethink Your Perspective An example from the past will help illustrate their use. Marc and Jenny caught their 14-year-old son smoking pot behind the...

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June 15, 2011 | by Timothy Shoemaker 0 Comments

Building Trust Between Police Officers and Teens

“They won't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” I remember those words floating through my head as I strode nervously to the front of my first DARE class. By the end of that week, I was introduced to 280 new students. I looked at... Continue Reading >

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May 26, 2011 | by Timothy Shoemaker 0 Comments

A Reflection On How to Believe

The Partnership at Drugfree.org is excited to introduce a new blogger, Tim Shoemaker, to the PACT360 community platform. Shoemaker is a veteran police officer with 15 years of experience in the field of substance abuse. With prior service as both a University Police Officer, and local police officer, Tim’s career... Continue Reading >

CATEGORIES: Alcohol, Prevention, Teen

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