Author Archives: Larry

Understanding the Profession of a Chief of Police, Good and Bad. By: Larry Lawton

I’ve been thinking about Law Enforcement leaders lately and thought back to 2013 when I had the distinct honor of introducing the Reality Check Program to Chiefs of Police and representatives from all over the world at the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) Ethics Committee in Plano, Texas at the Institute for Law […] Read the Rest…

School Violence on the Rise – How can we help prevent school shootings?

School Violence on the Rise – 2018 was the worst year on record for gun violence in schools, and 2019 isn’t looking much better. How can we help prevent school shootings? Schools saw 279 violent incidents during the 2017-18 school year, up from 131 the previous year, according to a study by the Educator’s School […] Read the Rest…

City Policing – Is Your Police Department Friend or Foe?

With the recent negative media coverage of questionable policing around the country, it is a good time for ALL cities to evaluate how they address policing. Policing is the most important job a Mayor / City Manager will ever have. Policing saves lives, prevents crime, solves crimes, keeps order, increases property values, and brings new […] Read the Rest…

Dealing with mass shootings and violence – By: Larry Lawton

Larry Lawton tries to make sense of mass shootings and violence. How can we deal with mass shootings and violence? The short answer is you can’t. To comprehend something you have to understand it. There is no understanding mass shootings and random violence. The real question is; how do we deal with it? The political debate […] Read the Rest…

My Son Was Arrested For Possession of Under 20 Grams of Marijuana – By: Larry Lawton

Question:   My 21-year-old son was arrested on a possession charge – under 20 grams of marijuana.  He hasn’t been in trouble in over a year.  He was on probation for possession of a gun and had a few minor traffic charges.  What can I expect the court to do? Answer:  First off, he needs to […] Read the Rest…

OPIOIDS – EDUCATION and the ISSUE – By: Larry Lawton

OPIOIDS – By: Larry Lawton I think everyone will agree we are deep into an opioid crisis. To fix the opioid crisis or any crisis for that matter, you first have to understand what is causing the crisis. What started the opioid crisis, and continues to hold back any long-lasting recovery, is the lack of […] Read the Rest…

My son is failing in school, what should I do? By: Larry Lawton

Larry Lawton, Founder, and President of the Reality Check Program answers a parents question on failing grades.  Question: My 13-year-old son is in the 8th grade and about to fail school? He seems like he doesn’t care. Answer: For starters, we are big advocates of education and ask you to remember that education doesn’t just […] Read the Rest…

Prison and Jail Oversight – Open Request to Governor DeSantis

Governor DeSantis, we are requesting an independent investigation.  On December 9, 2018 Gregory Lloyd Edwards, a 38-year-old combat veteran with PTSD was acting erratically at a Walmart and the police were called. (Rightfully so) Gregory Edwards was arrested and taken to the Brevard County jail and ended up dead. The full story is in the […] Read the Rest…

Why Some People Don’t Trust the Police and How to Fix it. By: Larry Lawton

As a man who travels a lot and helps families and communities all over the country, I get to hear first-hand what concerns, gripes and issues families have with schools, law enforcement, jails and cities in general. For the most part, people are happy with the services given by the agencies mentioned above. People also […] Read the Rest…

Second Chances Do Work – Support People – Reality Check Program

Second chances and what they mean – By Larry Lawton Being a free man for over eleven years now, (my release date was August 24, 2007) I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on life, family, friends, my career and what it all means. What it always comes back to is second chances and what […] Read the Rest…