Organizing for Change
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Have you ever wished you could hear what others are doing to make a difference in their world? This podcast will give you the opportunity to hear from amazing creators of change from all walks of life. The goal of the Organizing for Change Podcast is to equip coalitions, organizations, and individuals to bring change to their community.
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06 - Partnering with Law Enforcement
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Goal: “to equip coalitions, organizations, and individuals to bring change to their community”
Host, Amanda Decker has a conversation with Chief Dave Martineau and Deputy Chief Jeffrey Bukunt from the Avon Police Department in Avon MA.
Welcome to Episode 006 of the Podcast: Partnering with Law Enforcement.
Guests: Chief Dave Martineau and Deputy Chief Jeffrey Bukunt from the Avon Police Department in Avon MA
Avon Police Department Website: https://www.avon-ma.gov/police-department
ACES (Avon Coalition for Every Student) Website: www.acesavon.com
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About this Episode: Building relationships are one of the keys to creating community level change. The Avon coalition (ACES) is located in Avon MA about 20 minutes south of Boston. In 2009, the Youth Risk and Behavior Survey data came back with the report that 47% of Avon High School youth were engaged in underage drinking. As a community Avon decided to mobilize to address this community problem with community solutions. The community formed the ACES coalition and created a strategic plan using data to address multiple issues. As a result of the hard work in the community, eight years later, underage drinking has been significantly reduced down to 18%.
One of the key partners in addressing this issue was and continues to be the Avon Police Department. You will hear in this episode the importance of building relationships both the police with the community (including youth) and the community with the police. As you listen in on our conversation, I hope it will inspire you and give you some ideas as to what change is possible when everyone works together for a common cause.
1. Use the facts when you talk to youth about drug use.
Youth can fact check whatever you tell them at a rapid pace. It is important to use accurate facts when speaking about underage drinking and drug use.
2. Police are an ally.
Chief Martineau talks about how sometimes parents will use the police as a scare tactic for their child. “Don’t do xyz or the police will “get” you. This reinforces in a child’s mind that the police are the “bad guys”. Poli