Author Archives: Larry

Second Chances Do Work – Support People – Reality Check Program

Second chances and what they mean – By Larry Lawton Being a free man for over twelve 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 […] Read the Rest…

Community Policing Program – Why It Works

Reality Check Video Card Program To Help Law Enforcement The Reality Check video card – A 67 minute video to help teens and adults make better choices and stay out of jail. A great tool for any police agency to foster positive community relations. WHY IT WORKS: 1. Helping a parent’s son or daughter is […] Read the Rest…

Reality Check In-School Suspension Program

ed·u·ca·tion     1. the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university. The Reality Check In-School Suspension program uses the success of the Reality Check Program to open a young person’s eyes and redirect bad behavior. One of the jobs of schools and teachers is to help a young person […] Read the Rest…

School Time – Attitude Change in 14 Year Old – Be Proactive

QUESTION: Back to school, here we go. I already see a difference in my 14-year-old sons’ attitude, what should I do?  Mary – Tallahassee, FL ANSWER: Well Mary, you should be concerned when you see an attitude change in your son. Good catch. Teenagers have a lot of different emotions and getting to the bottom […] Read the Rest…

West Palm Beach Florida, A City Heading in the Right Direction. How Leadership Matters

In the latest FBI crime data, the 10 Murder Capitals of Florida for 2019 are: West Palm Beach Lauderhill  Riviera Beach  Miami Gardens  Daytona Beach  Arcadia  Jacksonville  Fort Pierce  Leesburg  Miami  When you top a list like this, you have to figure out why and make the changes necessary to help the citizens you serve. […] Read the Rest…

Policing – Let’s elevate the profession – By: Larry Lawton

Policing in 2019 – A city of 100K Where a community is located and what crime issues they have dictates what methods a police department uses to protect and serve the community. Policing in Mayberry is different than policing in NYC or Chicago, but the one common denominator is, no matter what size the community […] Read the Rest…

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…