What can Parents do?
- Spend time with your child!
- Ban gang related clothing and markings from your child's wardrobe.
- Know your child's friends, and monitor their activities and interests.
- Get to know the parents of your child's friends.
- Listen, really listen, to the lyrics of the music that your child listens to. Discuss with your child the ideas and images presented to them.
- Supervise your child's television watching, and make time to watch selected programs together.
- Discuss with your child proper ways to deal with conflict, hate and racism.
- Know your child's school and teachers. Find the time to get involved in your child's education.
- Direct your child to the wholesome activities that are available in your community. Recreation centers, libraries and churches offer free activities for children. Use them! If they are not available, help create them!
- Learn how to be parents. Many organizations and schools have parenting classes that are fun and provide valuable tips on dealing with children.
- Share information with your local police officers. Many times, gang associations are identified by tips and questions from concerned parents.
- Help promote gang awareness through civic group and neighborhood activities. Police officers, trained and experienced in gang activities, are available for talks to your group.
If you have a question or concern about gang activity in Kosciusko County, contact Officer Mike Cox at the Warsaw Police Department, 574-372-9534 X-325.