What a conference!

I am sure that I can speak for the rest of the board and membership…this was a great conference!  Sounds like the jackets were a hit and we set a new record for raffle sales!  The networking was great and it seems like some new contacts and friendships were forged.

Don’t forget to complete the evaluation, those really go a long way for planning these conferences and other one day training’s.

Lots of training!

Have you checked out our Training page?!  Lots of new opportunities, many of which are pretty nominal or FREE!  We just added two classes, one on ALICE and the other on setting up a Child Abduction Response Team through AMBER.

CONFERENCE UPDATE!  – We are looking at getting WCPPA jackets for all attendees this year!  If you plan on attending, get your registration in as we need your coat size.  If you haven’t gotten approval yet but plan on attending – email your coat size to Jason ASAP!  


Green Bay Packer cards

2012packerpolice1With the OTA’s occurring the past couple of weeks, football is on the mind of our members up in Ashwaubenon!  Terry and Brian want to remind everyone to get in your orders for Packer cards!  The Green Bay Packer organization has been partnering with law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for over 20 years through this great program.  In fact – to the best of our knowledge, this is the only such program in the league!


Unique approach to thefts from vehicles

It seems that a good majority of the thefts in Wisconsin are to property that is left unsecured.

 With the car doors are left unlocked and the garage doors left open all night long it really makes it pretty easy for these ne’er do wells to succeed!  Two Rivers Police Department has a unique approach in raising awareness to our forgetfulness.  Check out the following story courtesy of WFRVTV – Green Bay.

TWO RIVERS, Wisc. (WFRV) It’s a pilot program aimed at crimes of opportunity.

A vehicle check program is now underway through the Two Rivers Police Department. The project is aimed at preventing vehicle thefts and break-ins.

For the next few weeks, Explorers through the PD will visually inspect cars parked on public streets and parking lots during the overnight hours. They’ll be looking for unlocked doors and valuables left out in the open.

A report card will be filled out, notifying the vehicle owner of any security issues.

Local 5’s Wendy Fleury tells us more about the program. Click here to see her report.


Raising Awareness – use your local celebrities

The following comes from our partners over at Good Drugs Gone Bad.  This information can be adapted to crime prevention presentations.

In our seminars, we have a segment on raising awareness in your community.  One method that we discuss is “localizing” yourBarron County SO OWI v2 presentations.  People want to know what is going on in their community rather than the nation.  For example, talk about your local crimes, overdoses, hospitalizations, youth use, etc.  These statistics are much more impactful than national data.

You can find these statistics pretty easily through the internet.   When we travel to different parts of Wisconsin and even the United States, we research that area to “localize” our presentation to that area.  Do a Google search, using “prescription drug crime (your area); pharmacy robbery (your area); overdose death (your area); and so on.  With a little cut and pasting, you can incorporate these into your presentations.  If you’re a little lax on computer skills, ask one of your students or kids, that is how I learned!

Another way to raise this awareness is through community impact meetings or town hall events.  At these events, consider inviting a Drugsv2x2local officer, the sheriff, a county coroner, doctor, pharmacist, maybe a parent that lost a child due to an overdose.  These are your local experts, again with the key word being local!  They can talk about the impact locally and why this is important to your community. 

Lastly, if you plan on doing a media campaign or poster campaign in your community, again think local.  Who are your local celebrities?  It could be the police chief, the sheriff, a high school principal, the football coach, and so on.  Barron County has done similar media and poster campaigns featuring their local celebrities. These people are easily recognizable and use local landmarks as backdrops.  Find a local photographer or high school AV club that might be interested in doing this as a project.Scroll back in our blogBarron County SO OWI and you will see a poster campaign that we did featuring the local police chiefs and sheriff here in Winnebago County.   This actually started out as a commercial that turned into a VERY POPULAR poster!  Check out the commercial below!


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Staying Positive – a new method of prevention!

Typically when we see information about areas of prevention such as crime, substance abuse, physical and sexual abuse we tend to dwell or rely on statistics. The focus is generally on how many incidents, how many injuries, and how many deaths occurred….usually the “bad” part of the problem. We tend to overlook the “good” parts in that there are many people that don’t fall victim to crimes or abuse.

Several years ago, I attended a community-oriented policing training where the instructor focused on unique policing methods to combat problems. Some of the methods taught involved the use of billboards to deliver messages, using civil laws to combat quality of life problems, and working with others outside of law enforcement to address problems. This type of “thinking outside of the box” really hit home and my agency has used that philosophy on several ventures in the past few years.

When prevention practitioners go out to speak to our youth and parents on the dangers of substance abuse, historically it has gone like this… “27% of students in Winnebago County have used prescription drugs to get high;” “almost one out of every two high school students in the United States has used alcohol in the past 30 days.” These comments illustrate the negative side of the problem, but that’s all it is—a negative perception of our youth when in reality, most of our kids are “good” kids.rethink1-e1308748212867

Our local drug free coalition, re”TH!NK, has recently taken the step in recognizing these “good” kids by using these statistics to highlight what is not happening. The coalition paid for the production of Prom tickets for several area high schools this spring, and on the back of each ticket there was a positive statistic such as “77% of Winneconne High School students will not get into a car with someone who has been drinking alcohol;” “61% of Winneconne High School students have not had alcohol in the past 30 days.” Another local school, Kimberly High School took those positive statistics one step further and put them on a billboard on a major thoroughfare in the community.

I heard a saying a few years back that bears repeating, “Law enforcement is one of those unique professions where success is measured by what doesn’t happen!” I firmly believe that the same holds true in the prevention field as well. We need to remember to not lose the focus on our good kids and give them the credit that they deserve!

Wisconsin Crime Prevention Practitioners Association