From September 25-October 2, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 751 calls for service/events. Our higher call volumes occurred in the following areas: Traffic Stops-168, Suspicious Subject/Situation/Vehicle-38, Traffic Violations-31, Assist Citizen/Motorist Assists-25, Property Damage Crashes-24, Traffic Hazards-21, Alarms-20, Check Well Beings-20, Domestic Disputes-15, Personal Injury Crashes-14, Larcenies-14, Shoplifting Complaints-13, Warrant Attempt Pickup-13, Car/Deer Accidents-12, Disorderly Person or Subject-12, and Civil Complaints-12.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying is characterized as the intentional, repeated unwanted, aggressive behavior intended to cause harm and is normally based on a student’s real or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, physical appearance, sex, or other distinguishing characteristics. Bullying behaviors typically include verbal abuse or physical aggression, name calling, social isolation, defamation, and rumor spreading and any type of bullying that is carried out through electronic media.
Here are a few things parents can do to teach your kids bullying is not acceptable: ▪ Model and teach respectful behavior systematically. ▪ Develop, implement, and enforce antibullying policies. ▪ Recognize bullying as a mental health and relationship issue. ▪ Use a comprehensive approach to address bullying. ▪ Teach responsible use of technology. ▪ Provide support to students who may be marginalized (e.g., LGBTQI2-S, religious minorities, students with disabilities). ▪ Address bullying with bystanders and stress importance and responsibility to stop harassment and intimidation.
For kids: ▪ Report instances of bullying to adults. ▪ Stand up to bullying if the situation is safe. ▪ Show kindness to ALL students. ▪ Reach out to students who are being bullied.
Yours in Public Safety,
Sheriff Tom Reich