Working with Communities That Don’t Trust the Police. By: Larry Lawton

As a man who works with depressed communities and law enforcement agencies and cities all over the United States, I asked the people why they don’t like the police, and 99% of the negative, responses are one or more of the reasons below. We always try and help everyone.  

Breaking down the “Us Against Them” mentality some Communities have with Law Enforcement should be the priority of every Chief and City leader.  

It is easy for a city and police agency to work with people that accept them, but real progress is made when you work with the people who don’t like you.   Read More »

Presidents’s Message & Topic of the Month by Chief Ian Moffett

Florida Senate Bill 7026 was signed by Governor Rick Scott on March 9, 2018, which was promulgated into law under FS 1006. This new legislation is now called the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act. This new public safety act provides for codifying and establishing the Office of Safe Schools within the Florida Department of Education (DOE) which will serve as a central repository for the best practices, training standards, and compliance regarding school safety and security. The important action that is proscribed in this new Read More »

CHOICES FOR SUCCESS – by: Chief Michael T. Force, Lake Saint Louis Police Department

 

The choices we make today form the foundation for success or failure in our future.   Young people today find it increasingly difficult to understand that the bad choices they make today may have dramatic ramifications in the life and opportunities they will find as they move from youth to adulthood.  Peer pressure, the availability of drugs and alcohol, and a general sense of non-accountability for their actions form the perfect foundation for choices that may affect them for the rest of their lives.  Parents are often frustrated and lost when it comes to finding resources that are effective in helping them guide their children through the difficult times of maturation.

All too often, I find myself as a Police Officer working with young men and women who have started down a dangerous path through the choices they make, their behavior and the impact it has on their future.    Counseling and referral of both parents and young adults have been a central part of my work with youth over the past twenty-five years as a Police Chief, and I have always been Read More »

Presidents’ Message & Topic of the Month by Robert Grossaint, Deputy Chief-Dept. Of Safety at Denver Public Schools

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April 2018, President’s Message

As we now have entered into Spring 2018, let’s not forget about the negative acts that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Out of this act has emerged a movement by students across this country. More importantly, this movement was expressed in Washington DC on March 24, 2018. We observed over a quarter of a million people, led by our youth, assemble and in a peaceful manner expressing the need for a change and that change involves school safety and security. This change is being led by a few parents, who lost their children during this horrific incident, and they should also be considered the true heroes for taking on the fight to increase school safety. These parents have shown tremendous tenacity and courage to move from grieving to a call for action. One of these parents is Max Schachter. Max lost his son, Alex Schachter, who authored a poem “Life Is Like A Roller Coaster” days before the incident. (To hear the poem live when Max read it at the CNN Town Hall in Sunrise, FL on February 22, 2018. CLICK HERE

Max Schachter has taken this negative and has been Read More »

How many more children must die before we start acting like adults? Miami Herald Op-Ed – by: State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle

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Yet again the nation mourns for its most innocent. Seventeen dead at the hands of a young man who legally bought an AR-15 and who publicly fantasized about being the next school shooter.

This young man was not old enough to buy alcohol, but could easily buy a weapon designed to inflict multiple deadly casualties in the shortest amount of time.

Tragically, this is becoming commonplace. (This week it is our turn, right in our back yard.) Lawmakers must address the lack of Read More »