Larry Lawton – Making A Difference In The Lives Of Youth – Bowlers Journal

Larry Lawton and the Reality Check Program host the Reality Check Classic, a professional bowlers tour event that shows the youth that people care about them and they can change. The best professional bowlers in the world vie for the winners check and trophy, but the event is highlighted by the Pro-Am were the professional bowlers bowl with the kids and both sides have so much fun.

Reality Check Classic - Bowlers Journal - 2015

Reality Check Video Gift Card Program

Larry Lawton, Founder and President of the Reality Check Program and Larry Carter, President and CEO of the L Carter Group explain how the Reality Check Video Gift Card program works.

Community Policing Program

Reality Check Video Card Program To Help Law Enforcement and Businesses

FLPD - Reality Check Video Gift Card F&B no passcode

The Reality Check video card – A 67 minute video to help teens and adults make better choices, (A $35 value for as low as $5 for organizations) is a great tool for any police department, school, church or business to foster positive community relations.


1. Helping a parent’s son or daughter is the single best thing a police department or business can do.

2. After watching the Reality Check video the viewer might “get it” and change.

3. The police department and Read More »

Take A Stand Against Drugs – A Message from Larry Lawton

Redfield SD HuntFishSDFrom the Redfield Press, South Dakota


Personal accounts from SD residents and a message from Larry Lawton

By Shiloh Appel

“I got into drugs first because I thought it was cool and that it takes you on a whole [different] experience —later to find out I did it to fit in and [then] it was like my only escape from reality, a way to isolate myself from everyone because I had a lot of rejection in my life and it was the only thing that made me feel good.” 

— Jay, of Huron, SD.

For parents, siblings and relatives of drug addicts, the question has long been, “how do we get them to stop?” But a new question has emerged, “What was the root cause of them turning to drugs in the first place?”

Someone once said, “What fascinates me about addiction and obsessive behavior is that people would choose an altered state of consciousness that’s toxic and ostensibly destroys most aspects of your normal life, because, for a brief moment, you feel okay.”

In studies by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, and other drug-research programs, it has been found that children and youth often turn to drugs in response to broken family relationships, abuse or depression. Sometimes, it can also be out of curiosity, but deeper issues are usually involved. The drugs become the happiness that fills the void and swallows the pain for a little while.

According to former convict Larry Lawton, the person has to come to the point where they see what the drug is doing to them…that it is destroying them more than the things they are using it to escape from.

“Everybody has to hit a ‘bottom,’” said Lawton –  who is also the founder of the Reality Check Program, an honorary police officer and former career criminal — in an interview with the Redfield Press. “Let me Read More »

Community Policing – By: Larry Lawton

1 Breaking down the “Us Against Them” mentality the citizens have with the police.

When a community sees the police are willing to work with the “WHOLE” community, the police gain true partners. Most families have a member who made mistakes. Maybe they have a record, are an addict, etc., and when the citizens see the police are willing to help and work with all people, the police gain trust. It is not about race, it is about community interaction.

When cops work with ex-cons, at-risk teens, and people who had negative run-ins with the police, they show the whole community that the police are not judging people. Understanding how to Read More »