Brentwood Bay Community Police Office » Youth Resource Officer http://brentwoodcommunitypolice.com Connecting with our Community through our Community Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:15:40 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The Amanda Todd Tragedy /?p=742 /?p=742#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2012 21:10:26 +0000 admin /?p=742 I think we all grieved  upon hearing the details in the news coverage of the suicide of the young Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd.   As the story unfolded, many of us tried to make sense of the death of such a young girl with so much promise.  Instead of dreaming of her future like most 15 year old girls,  Amanda was living in a nightmare with ruthless tormentors.   Since learning of this tragedy I have had several conversations with fellow officers about the Amanda Todd case.

Like many of you,  we have listened to the news coverage and watched Amanda’s heartbreaking You Tube video in efforts to understand how this could have happened and what we can do to prevent it from ever happening again.  As police officers we are often  first on the scene when tragedy strikes and we seek ways to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.    Our eyes are not only eyes of a police officer when we see these tragedies,  we see them as parents, husbands,  wives and fellow community members.

The circumstances leading up to Amanda’s death are multi layered and complex involving cyber bullying, bullying and a host of other factors.  The police investigation into the circumstances is a dedicated one.  Hopefully,  when the investigation is concluded,  we will learn ways to prevent this from happening again and Amanda’s death will not be in vain.    It takes a village to raise a child; it is my hope that collectively we can all offer support, friendship, kindness  or a simple referral  to those in our community who need it.   There is no single answer on how we keep our kids safe.    However, if we keep the conversations going and provide support to those who may be in need we can make a difference in many lives.    I want to share with our E-ALERT community some options that are available to assist children, youth and families on issues surrounding bullying, cyber crimes and mental health support.

 

In addition to the agencies noted above, Cpl. Pat Bryant,  the Central Saanich Police Service Youth Resource Officer,  is available to assist children, youth and families.   Cpl. Bryant has been in the schools talking to parents, youth and teachers about bullying, cyber bullying and internet safety.     He can be reached at #250-652-4441.

Thank you for taking the time to read this important message.    We value the partnership with our community in our endeavor  to keep children and youth safe.  Please forward this E-Alert to anyone that may benefit from knowing these available resources.   If you have any questions or if we can help in any way, please let us know.

 

Thank you,

 

Cpl. Janis Jean

 

Community Liaison Officer

Central Saanich Police Service

1903 Mount Newton Cross Road,  Saanichton, B.C.

V8M 2A9

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Canada Day Hockey /?p=723 /?p=723#comments Thu, 05 Jul 2012 19:40:55 +0000 admin /?p=723 Sidney Canada Day Celebration at Iroquois Park in Sidney.

As part of the festivities,  the Central Saanich Police Service  take on the youth in a friendly game of road hockey.  It was an all out battle with several  flattened tennis balls being  the only causality.

The outcome ended in a tie.

Cpl. Pat Bryant, Youth Liaison Officer

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Reaching Out – Understanding Teen Depression /?p=506 /?p=506#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:07:48 +0000 admin /?p=506 Cpl. Pat Bryant, the Central Saanich Police Youth Resource Officer, is a veteran police officer with nearly 24 years of police experience.   This is his first installment of his new ” Youth Resource Officer” blog.

Teen Depression is a serious matter in our Community, one that we must not over look. Understanding what Teen Depression is and what to look for is our first step in helping our Youth.  Depression can lead our Teens to suicide or attempting suicide. Communication with our Teens is an important part of a successful and healthy relationship.

Teenage depression is an unbiased disease that affects about 20 per cent of all teens regardless of gender, social background, family income level, and race. Teenage depression is not limited to or affected by geographic locations or schools.  It is known that girls tend to be affected more by depression than boys but it is also known that boys are less likely to seek help or even admit to depression. Girls are taught to be more open and discuss their problems where boys are still taught from an early age to deal with things themselves.

Feeling sad and depressed is a normal part of life’s ups and downs. However, these prolonged feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, and feeling sad most of the time is not a normal day to day reaction to the ebb and flow of life.

Teen depression may include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Irrational anger and irritability that is often just put down as a child having a rebellious nature or wanting to prove themselves
  • Unexplained aches and pains that fail to respond to treatments
  • Extreme sensitivity to criticism, often considered as being too moody or cranky, and in the case of over achievers, this is especially prominent
  • Withdrawal from friends and social gatherings or in some cases switching to social groups that are contrary to what they would normally choose

Effects:

  • If teenage depression is allowed to go to long without being treated it can lead to some very unhealthy and possibly even disastrous effects.  Some of these may include:
  • Attempts or threats of running away which are often cries for help or intervention in a world they don’t understand.
  • Drug and alcohol abuse -this is often an attempt at self medication but all too often just complicates the depression.
  • Eating disorders – such disorders as anorexia or bulimia are often a major side affect of teenage depression when teens try new ways to fit in.
  • Addiction to computers and the internet is a more modern effect when teens try to reach out to belong but actually increase their isolation from the real world.
  • Cutting or burning when used as self injury may also be a cry for attention.
  • Reckless behavior or violent behavior can have a deep effect on not only the teen’s life but on those around him or her.
  • Suicide is probably the worst of the effects and talk of or attempted suicides should never be ignored.

When a teen is being treated for teenage depression he/she will need parents, family and friend support more than ever. The knowledge that they are loved, valued and needed goes a long way in affecting a cure.

Communication with our teens is essential; how else can we start understanding what our teen might be going through. The first step is to let them talk. When teens are ready to talk please LISTEN.   Do not be judgmental, shocked or angry.  Offer support and reassurance that suicidal feelings do not last forever.  Seek assistance from a trained professional as soon as possible.

Listening to your teen with an open mind can help you to start finding out what might be wrong.  Before responding in any way take some time to think about what has been said. Maybe then you will start to recognize changes mentioned above.   If you are a good listener it will help get serious matters dealt with lot quicker than putting things off until it’s too late. Many times we (Police) hear parents say “If I had just listened I could have got them help sooner”.

Understanding, recognizing and listening to our Teens is so important.  A happy Teen is a productive, enjoyable creature who should move into adulthood with the greatest of ease. It’s a wonderful part of their life we want to be involved in.

Don’t you think?

Cpl. Pat Bryant

Youth Resource Officer

Central Saanich Police Service

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