The best decision I ever made was starting my career in law enforcement in 2004 after leaving the pharmaceutical industry. I took on the role of School Resource Officer (SRO) within the Highland Park Police Department for District 112 in 2015, and that is when my partnership with CTAD began.
As an SRO, I enjoy being a resource for families, students and school staff. My involvement with CTAD makes me especially passionate about educating the youth I serve about drug prevention. Red Ribbon Week is one such way I partner with community organizations like Lake County Health Department and CTAD. We plan to educate students on the harmful effects of marijuana on their developing brains through interactive games and chances to win prizes throughout the week of November 15-19 at Northwood Middle School.
Unfortunately, I have cases every year of kids ingesting alcohol, tobacco and marijuana products. My goal as District 112’s SRO and as a CTAD board member is to teach kids about their brain development and the harm these substances can do if started too early.
I need your help as parents to do the same. I’m a firm believer in the research that shows when parents talk to their kids about their expectations, kids do listen! Check out CTAD’s parent guide for more tips on how to talk to your child.
District 112 School Resource Officer
CTAD Board of Directors