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Public invited to free crime prevention workshop March 29

3/17/2008 —
Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus’ Center for Community and Public Safety, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania State Police, is conducting a crime prevention workshop Saturday, March 29. The workshop—open and free to the public—will be held in Swimmer Hall in the Williams Building at the Fayette Campus from 8 to 11 a.m.
    Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Charles Depp, Fayette County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force Lt. Kyle Sneddon and Fayette County District Attorney Nancy Vernon will be holding a discussion panel on drug patterns in Fayette County. Lt. Depp is the Uniontown station commander and is in his 23rd year of service with the Pennsylvania State Police. Lt. Sneddon served 25 years with the City of Uniontown Police Department, eight of those as chief before his retirement in 2006. District Attorney Vernon was a trial lawyer for 28 years before she became the county’s top prosecutor. She was elected in 1999 and recently started her third term in office.
    Donna Whoric, consultant for behavior for Intermediate Unit 1, will be presenting an overview of the Olweus Bully Prevention Program, the need for such programming in schools, and prevention and intervention strategies to promote safe learning environments. Whoric has been employed by Intermediate Unit 1 for 15 years, providing professional development for educators in the area of behavior to enhance school success and safety. Participants attending this session will need to register beforehand to receive a Continuing Education certificate of completion.
    Lt. Depp and Trooper Brian Burden will be discussing the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Prevention Program, Neighborhood Watch. Additionally, Ted A. Mellors, director of the
Center for Community and Public Safety, will have information available on the Pennsylvania
Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Western Crime Prevention Resource Center, housed at the Fayette Campus, that serves western Pennsylvania’s crime prevention, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), and school resource officers as well as victim service centers by providing crime prevention-oriented brochures, fliers, D.A.R.E. material, video tapes, and the Daren and McGruff costumes.
    Numerous county human service agencies will be on hand to promote their services that are available to the public, including Children and Youth Services, the Crime Victim’s Center and others.
    For more information or to register for the Olweus Bully Prevention Program, contact the Penn State Fayette Center for Community and Public Safety at 724-430-4213.

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