Reality Check In-School Suspension Program

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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 grow into the best they can be. Education is key and one of the best places to educate a person is in school. When a young person does something wrong or against the rules, he or she needs to be held accountable and educated to correct that bad behavior.

Using the Reality Check In-School Suspension Program gives schools a one of a kind tool they can use to help a young person become the best they can be.

The Reality Check Program consists of four parts:

1.     Larry Lawton’s prior life

2.     What prison is really like – not what you see on TV

3.     What you will lose – freedom, family, etc…

4.     Avoiding and Dissolving Bad Associations.

In-School suspension is necessary in some situations. Correcting bad behavior at the onset helps everyone.

1.     The student sees what direction they are headed and has the opportunity to change that bad behavior.

2.     The school satisfies giving discipline while also sticking to their core principles of educating the student.

3.     The community benefits by keeping a student in-school and correcting a person’s behavior for the long haul.

In-School suspension is very important, because education is the answer and we all know if we don’t keep educating our youth, we will end up incarcerating them.


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Larry Lawton is the MC at the Miami-Dade Schools Police Union Instillation Banquet

Miami_Dade_Schools_Police_Department (1)Miami Dade Schools Police Union 1Larry Lawton was the Master of Ceremonies and Keynote Speaker at the Miami-Dade Schools Police Union Instillation Banquet at the intercontinental hotel in Miami, Florida on January 28, 2017.

Police officers, teachers and the leaders of those agencies are some of the most important people in society. Being on the front-lines and working with the future leaders of our country is job with enormous pressure and responsibility, but with little to no public glory. The reason the people who work with young people do what they do, is because they care deeply about the future of the country and helping young people be the best they can be. Not for the glory to be sure.

IMG_0537IMG_0535“Working with D.A.R.E. Officers, School Resource Officers, Chiefs of Police, Teachers, Principals, Administrators and elected officials who truly care about young people is so rewarding. As a man who works with young people on a daily basis, I can say without reservation, that seeing a young person change and “get it” is the best feeling on the planet.” said Lawton

IMG_0533IMG_0534Great job by the President of the State of Florida Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Robert Jenkins, Miami Dade Schools Police FOP Local 133 President Alejandro – Al – Palacio, School Board Members Lubby Navarro and Mari Tere Rojas, Dade Schools Superintendent Dr. Alberto Carvalho, Police Chief Ian Moffett and all the new board members who will serve this great department and the youth of Miami Dade for the next two years.

About Larry Lawton:

Larry is an Author, Teen/Young Adult Expert, Law Enforcement Consultant, TV Personality and Keynote Speaker.

Larry developed the nationally recognized Reality Check Program and Reality Check Video Card Program.

Lawrence “Larry” Lawton appears regularly on national TV and Radio as an expert on teen issues, crime, schools and community policing. ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, MSNBC  —  CLICK HERE to see Larry Lawton on TV.

Larry Lawton is the only ex-con ever in the United States to be sworn in as an honorary police officer and only ex-con ever to be recognized on the Floor of the United States Congress for his work with helping young people and law enforcement agencies.

Lawton changes the way teens, young adults, parents and law enforcement officers think. It’s all about choices, and Lawton tells his story of bad choices which led to serious consequences. How he lost time, his family, friends and his freedom; and that it just wasn’t worth it. Larry Lawton’s life and now success shows that people do change and anybody can get up off the mat and be a success.

The nationally recognized Reality Check Program consists of four parts: Larry Lawton’s Life, What Prison is REALLY Like, What you will Lose and Avoiding and Dissolving Bad Associations.

If you are a city, school, organization, group (PTA), business or parent and would like to speak with Larry Lawton, please visit: or call: 844-922-4800

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Larry Lawton speaks at the North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association Conference and Havelock Middle School

IMG_0213The North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association Conference was a big success. Larry Lawton provided training to the D.A.R.E. Officers and spoke at Havelock Middle School in Bern, North Carolina. A real eye-opener for both the officers and students. Larry pulls no punches.

“Life is not all roses and young people need to hear the truth,” said Lawton.

“It is all about choices and understanding the consequence of those choices. Sometimes those consequences aren’t pretty and young people need to hear the truth.” said Lawton.

Havelock Middle School hosts Larry Lawton 1-11-2017

What is D.A.R.E., and why are these courageous front-line police officers the future of policing? 


logo_of_drug_abuse_resistance_education_dareDrug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a substance abuse prevention education program that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior. It was founded in Los Angeles in 1983 as a joint initiative of then LAPD chief Daryl Gates and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Students who enter the program sign a pledge not to use drugs or join gangs and are informed by local police officers about the government’s beliefs about the dangers of recreational drug use in an interactive in-school curriculum which lasts ten weeks.

Instructors of the D.A.R.E. curriculum are local police officers who must undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills. For high school instructors, 40 hours of additional training are prescribed. Police officers are invited by the local school districts to speak and work with students. Police officers are permitted to work in the classroom by the school district and do not need to be licensed teachers. There are programs for different age levels. Working with the classroom teachers, the officers lead students over a number of sessions on workbooks and interactive discussions.

The D.A.R.E. program involves children interacting with police officers or sheriffs in a classroom environment rather than in a criminal justice setting, such as when officers must intervene in domestic violence. The Surgeon General reports that positive effects have been demonstrated regarding attitudes towards the police. The D.A.R.E program’s use of police officers in schools alleviates some children’s concerns about situations like school shootings and other threats of violence to children while at school.

The Future of Policing

When I spoke at the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) in Plano, Texas some years back, the trend towards community policing was starting then. My visit and recognition on the Floor of the United States Congress for helping young people and police agencies showed that the whole country wants communicators, not robots with guns.

Community policing is not a new concept and has been around for decades, but community policing hasn’t been in the forefront of policing until some very public incidents with police involved shootings has fostered an ‘Us Against Them’ mentality between communities and the police serving them.

There is blame on both sides of the fence and getting past that is key. My four police mentors and men I call good friends are Chief Mike Force, Chief Frank Adderley, Chief John Shockey and Deputy Chief Chris DiGiuseppi. Chief Force and Deputy Chief DiGiuseppi are with the Lake Saint Louis Police Department in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri, Chief Shockey was formerly with the Rockledge Police Department and Chief Frank Adderley was formerly with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department.

It is these leaders who educated me on TRUE community policing. All of them are communicators, forward thinkers and care deeply for the men under their commands and the communities they serve. Chief Shockey saw the benefits to his officers with increased morale as well and the benefits to the community when funding was tight and programs were dwindling, Chief Force flew to Melbourne, Florida and vetted the Reality Check Program and had me present the Reality Check Program to the board of the IACP and Chief Adderley who ran a larger department saw the wide ranging benefits of being out-front and pro-active with possible problems in the future and using an ex-con and honorary police officer to connect with parts of the community police have difficulty with.

Chief Mike ForceChief Force has been in Law Enforcement for nearly 40 years and has been a Chief for over 25 years. All of the Chief’s were forward thinking and saw the pendulum swing towards community policing. Community policing will ultimately save lives, help people who are making serious mistakes, reduce crime and save money.

Larry Lawton Swearing-inI have the honor of being the only ex-con in the United States to be sworn in as an Honorary Police Officer. It is an honor and position I take seriously. I strive to live up to the oath I took.

Law Enforcement Oath of Honor – On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, my community, and the agency I serve.

It is all about communications and community policing. We all know that police officers run towards danger while most people run away from danger. Nobody questions a police officer’s courage and commitment to helping the communities they serve. What people do question is, does the police officer have the communication skills to deescalate a situation, to communicate with the citizens they serve and HELP the community? A police officer does all those things with his communications skills, not his gun.

That brings me to the best communicators a police agency has; DARE Officers and School Resource Officers.

Community minded cities are growing. Mayors, Council-members, City Managers are serving citizens who want the police to be community orientated. Who hires the Police Chief? The City Manager, who serves at the discretion of the City Council. What do you think the City Manager is going to look for in a Police Chief? Someone who has excellent communication skills. That brings me back to DARE Officers and School Resource Officers, the best communicators in policing.

In closing, I met some of the best communicators in policing. The North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers. The leadership of the NC DARE organization is well run and organized. When I travel to speak and train police officers, I don’t just come in and do my session, or keynote speech and leave, I mingle and talk with the officers and get to see where their heads and hearts are at, and to a whole, they were positive, energetic, focused and everyone cared deeply about helping young people and learning.

It was an honor to work with all the officers, volunteers and leadership at their yearly conference.

The Reality Check Program works with police agencies to help them connect the community with the police and breakdown the ‘Us Against Them’ mentality some communities have with the police.

Larry Lawton bad choicesPlease contact us and speak with Larry to see how the Reality Check Program can work with your agency to reduce crime, help young people, increase officer morale and get the positive publicity every law enforcement agency can use. CLICK HERE

Larry Lawton to speak at the North Carolina DARE Officers’ Association Conference

logo_of_drug_abuse_resistance_education_dareThe North Carolina DARE Officers’ Association will be having their Annual Training Conference January 9-13, 2017 at the Hilton Doubletree in Atlantic Beach, NC. DARE Officers and School Resource Officers from all across the state of North Carolina will gather and attend this annual training conference.

Training will be given by instructors from all across the United States in topic areas such as Active Shooter/School Safety, Drug and Gang Trends as well as DARE update training from Ann Thacker of the Maryland DARE Training Center.  A special presentation on terror by former police Sgt. Kimberly Munley who was part of a civilian SWAT team at Read More »

Larry Lawton on the Bernie & Sid Show – WABC Radio – NYC

Larry Lawton was a guest on the Bernie & Sid Show in NYC on December 16, 2016 at 10:40AM.

The Bernie & Sid Show is one of the most listened to radio shows in New York City and around the world on the internet. Larry opened the eyes of the listeners on what prison is really like and how we can help law enforcement and young people. The stories were flying and Larry will be back on the show in early 2017.