Topic: Everything Education /
Keeping Kids Gang Free
Keeping Our Kids Out of Gangs
By Capt. Don Larimore
If you live in the city, keeping your child out of a gang isn’t going to be easy. Listed below are three ideas I’d like to suggest to help keep your child safe from gangs.
Make Time to Talk and Listen
Make time for your child on a regular basis to just sit and talk. Don’t use this time to be harsh or judgmental. Go someplace comfortable to chat. Ensure your child that this is an open, honest conversation between you and him/her. Don’t make it seem like your child has to answer questions, or is being “interrogated” by you. Find out about activities your child is interested in and any concerns he/she may have. Use this time to for both of you to learn more about one another.
Help Your Child Fill Their Time
Once you learn more about the types of activities, sports, and/or hobbies your child is curious about, help your child to become more involved in his/her interests. By helping your child locate a team sport, or getting involved in a hobby together, showing your child how to use his/her time constructively will assist in keeping your child out of trouble. Be involved! It’s a small sacrifice to make in order to prevent your child from becoming involved in a gang.
Pay attention to your child. Look at the small details. If you see that your child may be using what appears to be gang signs or dressing in gang colors, step up and ask. Don’t sneak around. If your child feels that you are spying on him, he will turn away. Don’t approach him as if you are interrogating him, but just make mention of your concerns and be prepared to listen. Don’t assume anything, something may look like gang colors or emblems and may not be. With trends always changing, sometimes it’s hard to tell.
Each child is different.
I don’t guarantee that these suggestions will work, but each idea has one thing in common: spending time with your child. That’s the number one thing a parent can do to help keep a young person out of a gang. Show your child that they don’t have to turn to a gang to find family, love, and support.
Topic: The Club House /
Crime Stoppers has honored five area law enforcement officers
((Bay County Crime Stoppers has honored five area law enforcement officers for their skill and dedication in solving crimes and assisting and protecting the public.))
I have one question, and PLEASE DON’T TAKE THIS WRONG,I believe all Law Enforcement Officers have a tough job, and need to be honored. But what about Corrections Officers?
I have yet to see any C/O’s honored and I have been in the job for 10 yrs. Shouldn’t someone honor the ones behind the scenes as well?
Just my opinion and I will step back and shut up now.
Please be kind and don’t rant too hard on me, I am married and you all married men know that a married man is just one step away from being beat down.