Police Department to host ‘The Top Secret Project’
SHAKOPEE, MINN. – Looks can be deceiving. While that’s the message of The Top Secret Project, parents need not despair. With the right information, you can decode your teenager’s life.
The Shakopee Police Department is bringing back The Top Secret Project, a unique program designed to help parents recognize potential warning signs of alcohol or other drug use, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Shakopee West Middle School, 200 10th Ave. E.
The program provides a hands-on environment for professionals and parents of teens to learn how to spot signs of substance abuse, disordered eating, self-harm and other mental health concerns within a teenager’s typical domain – their bedroom. The full-scale bedroom includes a single bed, dresser, desk, clothing and many of the items that are typically in a teen’s room. With almost 150 strategically placed items in the room, the exhibit helps parents recognize unfamiliar hazards that are often in plain sight.
“Parents have a responsibility to know what’s going on in their kids’ lives and take an active role,” said Police Chief Jeff Tate. “A lot of destructive behavior can be stopped if a parent is engaged and educated to identify warning signs. What better place to find those signs than a teenager’s bedroom?”
Through a display of various items, experts from the Betty Hazelden Foundation help participants learn to identify objects that could provide critical insights about potentially risky behavior. Many seemingly ordinary items can actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, harmful or even illegal activity. The experts will also be available to answer questions during the program.
The department hosted The Top Secret Project in 2018 and received tremendously positive feedback from attendees.
“Parents often ask our officers what are the warning signs of drug behavior or other destructive behaviors. This program is a hands-on opportunity to help parents learn these signs to better deal with whatever their child might be going through,” Tate said.
Please note, this date is a correction from the Spring 2019 Hometown Messenger.