Future Police Officers Hear From Larry Lawton


Larry Lawton speaking to Police Explorers


Police Explorer Leaders, (right to left) Marie Powell, Hollywood PD, Carlos Austin, Miami Gardens PD, Otis Lawrence, Lauderhill PD, Caitlin Griffen, Hollywood PD

Larry Lawton, Founder and President of the Reality Check Program speaks with Police Explorers from Lauderhill, Hollywood and Miami Gardens. Our future police officers heard the real deal. They learned about what community policing is, that people do change and that their most important asset is their communications skills. They also heard from former judge and now criminal defense attorney Glenn Roderman and Lauderhill Assistant Chief Allen Siegel on how best to be professional and always be honest. Glenn Roderman has over 43 years experience in the criminal justice field and Chief Siegel has over 33 years in law enforcement.

Law Enforcement is a profession like no other. The men and woman of law enforcement put their lives on the line for the citizens they serve everyday. Who can’t respect that? “I ask people everyday, if you are being robbed, who do you call? 411 or 911. Everyone says 911. That shows us we all need the police. I also express, we need good cops and good leaders”, said Larry Lawton. Law enforcement leaders are the most important person a city, county or state will ever hire. Law enforcement leaders set the tone and direction for the whole police department and city.

I am so honored to be helping the city and police department of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Connecting with the community and being pro-active is the single best thing any city, law enforcement agency, school, family or person can do with helping young people and citizens.


(Far right) Assistant Chief Allen Siegel address future police officers


(Far right) Former Judge and 43 year Criminal Defense Attorney Glenn Roderman addressing future police officers

Thank you to the officers that run the Police Explorers program and the Chiefs of the agencies that are so community minded. Thank you Lauderhill, Hollywood and Miami Gardens for seeing the future of policing and embracing it. You are a honor and credit to your departments and the people you serve.

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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 »