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Testimonials

President,Committee of Youth Officers for the Province of Ontario

"Mike Knox is a genuinely caring street gang expert. His knowledge of street gangs, their workings and the high risk youth that enter or associate with gangs is a benefit to any front line law enforcement officer. Mike’s expertise and positive approach empowers front line officers and middle managers to deal effectively with gangs and high risk young offenders. He champions proactive partnerships between police and other youth serving agencies and does so with a sincere interest in improving law enforcement and quality of life in communities experiencing gang problems."

Targeted Zero Tolerence; a successful model

By Mike Knox

 Traditional zero tolerance practices of police agencies are an effective short term method of regaining control of a neighborhood overrun with gang activity or crime.  However, it has limitations.  Among these limitations, particularly with sustained zero tolerance, is the policing agency runs the risk of alienating the community it strives to serve.  A more targeted and systematic approach to gangs could eliminate specific gangs from any community.

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The Case for Strictly Enforced Dress Codes in Schools: Part One

By Mike Knox

The true goal of any public school should be to train students to operate within our social structure in such a way as to be productive to society.  The true purpose of public primary and secondary education is to teach each student the mastery of skills useful to achieve the student’s life goals.  Whether those goals are to attend a university, technical school, or to immediately enter the work force, certain skills are required to achieve success.  Observation, listening, reasoning, problem solving, organization, time management are among the skills each person will need to succeed.

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The Case for Strictly Enforced Dress Codes in Schools: Part Two

By Mike Knox

One classic example is a school that bans the use of blue or red colored bandanas.  The school wants to prevent gang violence on and around the campus and buys into the “out of sight, out of mind” theory.  In other words, if no bandanas are seen there will be no gangs on campus.  It is convenient for the school administrators but not necessarily conducive to educating the offending child.  Typically, such a ban does nothing to eliminate gangs on campus.

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