Kishwaukee Corridor offers free training to target drug trade Aug. 10-11

August 3, 2011

Staff Report

Rockford’s Kishwaukee Corridor Weed and Seed will offer two days of free training by a Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) team from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 10-11.

The training sessions will be at Benson Stone Company, 1100 11th St., Rockford. The sessions are free to participants, and include breakfast and lunch.

Register by calling Dana Hoefle, Kishwaukee Corridor Weed and Seed program coordinator, at (815) 703-8976 or e-mailing dhoefle@wchd.org.

At the end of the training, the community will have a customized strategic plan of action to deal with the key issues identified by participants.

An innovative way to make these large-scale community behavior shifts is to employ adjudication and law enforcement strategies in strict, strategic and creative ways. One strategy communities have adopted is to have citizens and neighbors use civil law procedures as nuisance abatement strategies.

By using civil law policies, citizens, business owners and neighborhood groups can file civil law complaints in small claims court to address nuisances not covered by criminal laws. These strategies help citizens feel empowered to make change in their communities without relying solely on law enforcement and criminal proceedings.

This unique training opportunity will be led by Michael Sparks, a skilled CADCA trainer who has helped communities across the country better understand and employ these types of strategies. Sparks will be joined by Tony Pearsall and Bob Sampayan, two law enforcement colleagues who have been instrumental in using civil law procedures as nuisance abatement strategies in Vallejo, Calif.

These trainers come from other communities that also employ the Weed and Seed strategy, so they understand many of the unique issues in Rockford around the Kishwaukee Corridor. All community members are welcome to attend.

CADCA is the national membership organization representing more than 5,000 coalitions and their affiliates working to make America’s communities safe, healthy and drug-free. CADCA’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions by providing technical assistance and training, public policy and advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences, and special events. Visit www.cadca.org.

From the Aug. 3-9, 2011, issue

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