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 of WHY your sons’ attitude has changed is the key. Is he being bullied, in a gang, using drugs, in tough classes, have an ineffective teacher, is he jealous of others, or is it something at home? As you can see, there are a number of things that can be wrong. The key is to COMMUNICATE in the right way.

When I do my private programs I usually find that most families don’t communicate well. Take time every day to sit down and speak with your son. Have dinner together and when you can’t, (That is the norm in today’s world because of work, schedules, after school activities, etc.) make sure you Read More »

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:

  1. West Palm Beach
  2. Lauderhill 
  3. Riviera Beach 
  4. Miami Gardens 
  5. Daytona Beach 
  6. Arcadia 
  7. Jacksonville 
  8. Fort Pierce 
  9. Leesburg 
  10. 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. This list is unacceptable.

In comes newly elected Mayor Keith James. Tough decisions need to be made, but that is what good leaders do. The first shooting after Mayor James was sworn in, he was on the scene consoling the family and seeing how Read More »

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 is, good community policing works.
What is Community Policing? According to the dictionary, (noun) the system of allocating police officers to particular areas so that they become familiar with the local inhabitants. But good community policing is so much more than that. It is a mindset and philosophy that comes from the top down, not the bottom up.

To make a real impact with community policing, the police have to change the minds and views of people who don’t like them. It is easy to Read More »

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 Enforcement Administration.

The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration is a training facility used to host Judges, Prosecutors, Public Defenders. Lawyers, Law Enforcement officials and colleges for training and education. Director Dr. T. Neil Moore and Associate Director Dr. Daniel T. Primozic run a Read More »

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 Safety Network, a national non-profit school safety organization.

Cities, Schools and Police Departments need to Read More »