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.
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!
If you liked the sweatshirt from the conference or any of the clothing that some of our board members were wearing, that clothing is available through Towsley’s in Manitowoc. For more info or to order, click here for the order form. 2013WCPPA_OrderForm
We have added some new newsletters in the Publications page courtesy of Town of Menasha PD, Wauwatosa PD and the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups. If you have any newsletters that you would like to share, feel free to email those to Jason Weber – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wisconsin Crime Prevention Practitioners Association and the National Crime Prevention Council
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Invite you to attend our upcoming
Basic Crime Prevention Course
June 10-12, 2014
Cedarburg Fire Department
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Cedarburg, WI 53012
We hope you can take advantage of this great FREE training Opportunity. Attached are a registration form, flier, and additional information regarding the training course. You can also go to the link below for online registration and information. If you have any additional questions, please contact Sarita Coletrane at email@example.com. Remember, you can also use this training to go towards your National Crime Prevention Specialist Certification program through NCPC. It is the only NATIONAL certification in crime prevention available! This training will fill up fast so don’t delay!
To register now or find out more about the training, please click on the following links:
For additional information regarding our organization, please visit us at www.ncpc.org.
The WCPPA board of directors along with many member agencies have been busy planning and preparing for some training this year. Our conference is coming along great and we hope to have a finalized agenda posted very soon. There are a few trainings that we wanted to highlight.
- Our members in Oshkosh are hosting an Advanced CPTED training this September.
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This event is being taught through the National Crime Prevention Council and completion of the class works towards the Crime Prevention certification through NCPC!
- The Good Drugs Gone Bad program has been putting on seminars throughout WI this year through a partnership with the WI Safe & Healthy Schools program of the CESA districts. There are several more in the works this fall. For more info, visit the programs website – www.gooddrugsgonebad.com
- The crime prevention officers of Winnebago County are excited to host a seminar on school safety featuring Michael Dorn. This event is scheduled for October 3rd from 8:30am to 3:30pm at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh. This seminar will be free to all law enforcement. Stay tuned for more information.
To register for these events, please visit the Trainings area on our website.
For over 20 years, the Green Bay Packers have been partnering with law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin to provide player cards to distribute to kids. This has been a very successful program in building relationships between law enforcement and the youth in our communities.
Deadline to order cards is June 14! 2013 Packer card order form
Many of us work hard at keeping our community up to date on current happenings and ways to protect themselves from criminals and scammers. We have a Publications page here on the WCPPA site that has several handouts that can be provided to your community along with several others that will give you a hand in your crime prevention and community policing role.
Take a look at the page for several different CPTED security surveys, samples of newsletters,
and a great CPTED handbook!
It has been awhile since we had a post…..my apologies, but we have been pretty busy, which is good I guess! Last year was a busy year for us as we partnered with several others to host the WI Problem Oriented Policing conference which was attended by 200 people! That was such a great success that we are doing it again, this year in Wisconsin Dells. You will find more info on the POP conference under trainings on our home page.
Speaking of the Dells, we will be heading back there this fall for our conference. We have moved the conference to the middle of October and have made a few other changes, but promise that it will be as productive and entertaining as year’s past!
The board has also been working on some other projects that we hope to have finalized in the next few months that will bring some more tools and resources for our members.
Lastly, 2012 was a tragic year for a couple of our member agencies – we keep those officers from Oak Creek,Wauwatosa and Brookfield in our hearts for the shootings that occurred there. Let’s all be safe out there and make 2013 a great one!