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.
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.Continue Reading >
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...Continue Reading >
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...Continue Reading >
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...Continue Reading >
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...Continue Reading >
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...Continue Reading >