Youth Violence Prevention

YVP Vision Statement: 
That Richland County residents will be united with their youth, community and law enforcement. That they will embrace opportunities to make themselves and others better and the community in which they live to make it a safer, more productive place to live and grow. Richland County youth need to know their civic leaders genuinely care about them, their struggles as well as their dreams for a bright future and that we will do everything we can to help them in their journey.

YVP Mission Statement:

To administer programs centered around Richland County youth, the community and law enforcement. These programs will enhance communication and promote positive relationships between all involved parties in an effort to prevent & divert negative youth behaviors.

Accidental Overdoses from Heroin/Fentanyl
The YVP Division of the Prosecutor's Office is taking a proactive approach to the opioid crisis that has plauged the nation and the state for the past 10 years or more. Recently, a Franklin County, Ohio coroner ruled that a 12-year-old boy died of an unintentional overdose from the drug fentanyl (see video above). It is such a powerful & dangerous drug, only a speck of it needs to be inhaled or slightly touched to cause an unintentional overdose.

In an effort to keep our kids safe and give them vital information that could potentially save their lives, our office came up with a presentation called, "Kids, Fentanyl & Accidental Overdoses" that has been presented to local students in grade 6-12 in Richland County schools. The presentation covers the topics of drug addiction, heroin, fentanyl, drug oversdoses and staying far, far away from drugs in the first place. We want to impress on the kids that you do not have to be an active drug user to overdose from a tiny amount of exposure to fentanyl. Even though the info presented deals with harsh realities, we believe this information could potentially save the life of one or more of our Richland County youth.

Read this recent story from the Mansfield News Journal about how derivatives of fentanyl are being found in local drug supplies: Carfentanil found in Richland County drug samples 
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Is Your Child SEXting???
Your child may be in DANGER and committing a CRIME !!!

​The Richland County Prosecutor's Office YVP Division is taking a proactive approach to work with local schools to present facts & information about sexting to students, parents & faculty, in an effort to raise awareness and to help students make better decisions & stop the destructive behavior.
*Conviction could result in 2-8 years in Dept. of  Youth Services or adult prison, for EACH PICTURE!
*Your child's name could be placed on the national sex offender computer data base as a Tier I, II, or III Registered Sex Offender.
*Federal jurisdiction almost always applies when an electronic device is used to commit a child pornography violation.
Sexting for minors is illegal! Sexting is generally understood as creating, sending, receiving or showing sexually oriented content, including images and words, via cell phone, email, social media or other online communications.
SEXTING & the LAW: In Ohio, sending sexually explicit images of minors on any electronic device could result in as high as a Second Degree Felony Prosecution. SEXting could also be considered a Federal Crime.

PARENTS click here for discussion starters for a sexting talk with your child.

HAVE YOU LOOKED at your child's cell phone, electronic devices, or social media sites lately?
Click here for ideas.

Red Ribbon Week
(Oct. 23-31, 2017) RRW is the oldest, longest drug prevention program in the U.S., reaching millions of young people during RRW. The Red Ribbon Campaign started when drug traffickers in Mexico City murdered DEA Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985. In response to the murder, parents & youth in communities across the country began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their committment to raise awareness of the killing a destruction caused by drugs in America.
The YVP Division celebrated RRW by going to local schools and presenting the "accidental overdoses" presentation. Staff participated in various activities like planting red tulip bulbs that will bloom in spring and serve as a reminder to stay drug-free.

Hi-five a Cop Program

Hi-Five a Cop Program
Mansfield Police DARE Officer Orlando Chatman and RCPO YVP Coordinator go to Mansfield area elementary schools to interact with grade school children during lunch on a non-confrontational, friendly basis.

The pair simply walk around during the students' lunch period to talk to them, give them hi-fives and sometimes stickers and candy in an effort to get the kids to see police officers in a non-threatening, more helpful manner.

At the beginning of the school year, students were scared of Ofc. Chatman but after many positive interactions and by the end of the year, students were giving him & YVP coordinator hugs & hi-fives.

Ofc. Chapman talks to a student at Woodland Elementary School during "Hi-five a Cop" at lunch time.

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