Community Policing – How important is it? By: Larry Lawton

What is community policing? Community policing is when the police work with the community in a friendly open way to show the community they are human and want to help, not just arrest people. Community policing is the best way to fight crime. If the police have the community working with them, instead of against them, it makes for a great community with less crime.

On August 16, 2013, Larry Lawton became an honorary police officer for the city of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri.

Community policing affects all aspects of a city. Study after study shows good Read More »

Marijuana – Are we barking up the wrong tree and how do we educate young people? by: Larry Lawton

Reality Check Program Q&AAs a man who deals with young people and drugs on a daily basis, I wonder if we are barking up the wrong tree with marijuana. There are so many more serious drugs and issues to deal with than marijuana, that I sometimes think we lose our focus.

Look at what one kid said on a blog looking to beat a drug test;

“I’m getting tested soon too, and have to quit smoking weed. I had always said that I wasn’t going to fuck around with synthetic cannabinoids, but now I think I am going to experiment with them a bit”.

The statement above concerns me. Are we pushing good kids in the wrong direction? Sadly, I think so.

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Heroin is on the rise and you read very little about it. You might ask yourself, why is heroin on the rise, because it is cheaper than oxycontin. They are both opiates and users know that and want to get hiheroin-addictiongh. Serious drug users and dealers are the ones who commit the vast majority Read More »

My thirteen year old son makes me want to pull my hair out. He doesn’t listen, curses me out, steals. PLEASE HELP ME!

Answer:  Sadly, I get this statement and question everyday. I look at cases like this and look for the positives. Yes, there are positives. I look for the signs that show me the level of help needed for each individual. Here is an example. If a teenager is sneaking out, hiding his marijuana paraphernalia and lying about it, I see a different picture then the parent.

Let me explain. We all know what he is doing is wrong and needs correction, but the good part is, he is Read More »

With Summer approaching, how do we keep our 15 year old out of trouble? Identifying At-Risk Teens

Reality Check Program Q&AQuestion: Summer is coming and I have a 15 year old son who will be left home alone. My husband and I both work to make ends meet. Is there any advice you can give on ways to keep my son busy, maybe learn something and stay OUT of trouble?

Answer: Great question. I am asked all the time if there is a place my son could go to stay out of trouble and maybe learn something. We do have PAL’s and Boys and Girls clubs, but they are mostly geared towards a little younger population. That answer is not from me, that answer is from kids I speak to all the time.

A good thing to get your son into is a golf program, bowling program or a boxing/martial arts program. Three very time consuming things that are good for the mind as well as the body. I know the owner of Team Dragon Martial Arts Academy in Palm Bay and he is very helpful with kids. Give him a call. Steve Ellis. Go to any of the local golf courses and you can find a youth program and most bowling centers have a summer programs as well.  If your son likes golf you will have a hard time getting him off the golf course. That is a good thing.

Normally a teenager starts working at 16. (Legally) Sadly, with the state of the economy even teenagers who want to work are having a tough time finding work. See if your child is an entrepreneur. Maybe cut lawns, weed gardens, help homeowners clean out their garages as a business. You might find he really likes that.

Take them on trips to nature preserves, baseball game, golf outings, swim classes, etc. By exposing a teenager to different things they might find what they want to do in life. I feel we are missing the boat with teenagers at a very vulnerable time in their lives. Lets be educators at home.

As a footnote, I always say a teenager can find trouble alone on a desert island if they are looking for it. You are definitely on the right track though, guiding your son in the right direction and staying pro-active. Keep me posted on what he finally does.

If a teen is experiencing more than four of the following warning signs, they could be at risk and an intervention should be considered before the problem gets worse.

  1. Has the teen ever been suspended, expelled, been truant, or had their grades drop?
  2. Is the teen verbally abusive?
  3. Does the teen struggle with basic family rules and expectations?
  4. Does the parent have difficulty getting the teen to do basic household chores and homework?
  5. Has the teen had problems with the law?
  6. Does the parent have to pick their words carefully when speaking to the teen, so as not to elicit a verbal attack or even rage from them?
  7. Is the teen in danger of dropping out of high school?
  8. Does the teen associate with a suspect peer group?
  9. Has the teen lost interest in former productive activities, sports, hobbies, or childhood friends?
  10. Has the teen ever displayed any evidence of suicide?
  11. Does the teen seem depressed / withdrawn?
  12. Does the teen ever display violent behavior?
  13. Is the teen sexually promiscuous?
  14. Has the teen’s appearance or personal hygiene changed?
  15. Is the teen deceitful and manipulative?
  16. Has the teen been caught stealing money or personal items from their family?
  17. Is the teen severely lacking in motivation?
  18. Does the teen sometimes lie regarding their activities?
  19. Does the teen display outbursts of temper?
  20. Does the teen lack self-worth and self-esteem?
  21. Does the teen defy established rules regardless of the consequences?
  22. When trying to deal with the teen, do the parents feel powerless?
  23. Does the teen have a problem with authority?
  24. Do the parents suspect the teen is experimenting with drugs or alcohol?

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Larry Lawton – Reality Check Program’s Top 5 Q&A

Reality Check Program’s Top 5 Q&A by Larry Lawton

1. Question: Larry, is your Reality Check Program a scared straight program?

The short answer is NO. Let me explain what the Reality Check Program is. It is REALITY coming from a man who was in prison for 11 straight years. I take the good parts of the old scared straight program and incorporate it in the Reality Check Program and the Reality Check Program DVD. I don’t yell, scream, get in a kids face or anything like that. What I do is tell them the truth.  I don’t sugarcoat it and it sometimes gets very graphic. It is Not what they see on MSNBC jail shows, or what they hear from friends. Prison is no joke and they need to see the real deal. I am a man who was tortured by guards, thrown in the “hole” for fighting the deaths of friends, given inadequate Read More »