CITY OF MINOT, ND
Mayor Carroll Erickson

COUNTERACT ANTI-DRUG AND ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAM

1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.

The Minot Police Department Crime Prevention Unit provides two programs to the area schools.

The first program is the CounterACT Anti-drug and Anti-violence Program. This is presented to the 5th grade classes in our community. The program was developed by the Hazelden Co. from Center City, MN. Uniformed officers present a slide program to the students. The students work with the officer in completing a classroom workbook. The students are also given homework which is designed to involve the parents or adults in the home of the student. The Anti-drug session stresses positive activities and alternatives to peer pressure situations. The Anti-violence session deals with identifying and reducing violent situations in and around our schools.

The second program is our 6th grade Resource Program. This program allows teachers to pick from several different problem areas to be discussed in their classrooms. The Crime Prevention Unit provides video tapes, lecture materials, and discussion time on these topics. The topics available are: shoplifting, Vandalism, Gangs, Bullying, and harassment.

The teacher picks the two areas that are of concern to them at the time. The officer then provides two hours of classroom time on the topics.

2. When was the program created and why?

The CounterACT Program was first brought to the Minot Public Schools in 1994. The Public Schools Prevention Council requested this program.

The 6th grade Resource Program was developed and implemented by Sgt. S. Weston in 1997. Sgt. Weston saw a need to start the program as a continuing effort to have a police contact in the schools from the 5th grade through the 8th grade program. The public schools agreed to support the effort. The 6th grade teachers wanted to see a police contact in their classrooms.

3. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?

There are no measuring devices in place to check the effectiveness of either program. The gauge we have been using is the positive responses we hear from the parents and school staff. We have not had any reported negative comments of the programs we provide in the schools.

4. How is the program financed?

The CounterACT Program is funded by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at the state level and the Minot Schools at the local level.

The 6th Grade Resource Program is funded through the Crime Prevention Office and the City of Minot budget.

5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?

The CounterACT Program allows for a Parent Session. These sessions have not always taken place because of scheduling conflicts with the schools and the officers involved in the programs. When the Parent Sessions have taken place, the attendance to two of the three participating schools was less than 30%. The third school had a much better response with 60+% of the parents coming to the session. The 6th Grade Program does not allow for community involvement at this time.

6. Contact person:

Sgt. Scott R. Weston, Crime Prevention Unit

Minot Police Department

515 2nd Avenue, SW

Minot, ND 58701

Telephone - (701) 852-0111

Fax - (701) 839-4804.

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