The consensus about who is responsible
for the conditions of our youths is an ongoing debate. Those who
deny responsibility are outnumbered by those of concerned and understanding
citizens who accept that none of us are exempt. While most children
are taught values in the home, not all children have the benefit
of such upbringings. It is this group of children who are most likely
to assume negative societal roles, ones rooted in neglect or from
a lack of concern. This shaky foundation leaves some children unsure
of what is right or wrong, and that so often leads to bad choices
and destructive outcomes.
the cycle that leads youths to criminal behavior requires an effort
on all our parts. Along that thinking, the "Shop with Cops"
program is designed to help effect a beneficial change. By teaching
respect, building trust and friendship, and instilling values, we
hope to do our part. Violence can be curbed. Children’s lives
can be spared. Communities can be made safer, but only if we are
willing to devote the time, energy, personal and economic resources
to make it happen.