Mike's Thoughts


Behavioural Consultant Program Leader, South Area Behaviour Resource Team, Waterloo Regional District School Board, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

"Your presentation remained a lively lesson for all of us on the South Area Behaviour Resource Team as we clearly remembered the differences between respect and fear, and the illusion of protection and family belonging that entices youth into gangs. Because we deal daily with troubled kids your lessons and the great hand out has served us well in improving our own skills in this area. Your skills in reaching kids of different ages as well as professional staff with respect, clear headedness and with street wisdom impressed us all! Know you HAVE made a difference and that we are grateful."

Mike's Thoughts

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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