Children Exposed to Violence: Salinas Police Commander Sheldon Bryan co-chairs the Prevention Sub-Committee of CASP ( The Community Alliance for Safety and Peace). For the past several months, the Prevention Sub-Committee has been working on an educational media campaign designed to limit children's exposure to violence. This campaign originated from discussions of seeing parents bringing their children to crime scenes and viewing the aftermath of violent incidents. The Sub-Committee coordinated with experts in child development, behavioral health and marketing to develop a handout card that can be distributed to SPD Officers to carry in their uniform pockets. They are designed to be given out to parents when officers notice that a child is being exposed to violence such as at crime scene perimeters, at domestic violence calls, accident scenes, et cetera. This is a 'grassroots” effort to help educate the community on the impact of violence in children, and to connect parents to educational and mental health resources.
The small card contains an abundance of important information. There is a phone number that rings directly to Monterey County Behavioral Health and there is a link to a website that provides additional resources to the families. It is printed in English and Spanish.
For more information about CASP, please visit the website at http://future-futuro.org/en/about-casp or for information regarding children's exposure to violence, please visit http://future-futuro.org/safechild