Drug/Alcohol Abuse Lessons from The Tall Cop
For more than 15 years, Officer Jermaine Galloway has focused on drug/alcohol abuse prevention and enforcement. He has taught and given presentations to a diverse group of people, including fellow police officers, parents and teachers.
Officer Galloway’s extensive experience has taught him how to tailor courses and presentations to particular individuals and groups. Read below to learn about some of Tall Cop Says Stop’s available speaking engagements and training opportunities.
Available Presentations and Classes
Currently, Tall Cop Says Stop™ offers such training sessions as:
High in Plain Sight: Current Alcohol, Drug and Concealment Trends and Identifiers
Also known as the You Can’t Stop What You Don’t Know™ program, this workshop can run 2-16 hours. It is designed for:
Educators and school administration
Prevention and treatment providers
Counselors / Treatment providers
Probation officers / Department of Corrections
Alcohol and Drug Courts
Drug Interdiction Officers
A shorter version for parents
High in Plain Sight covers such topics as:
Alcohol/drug clothing, signs and symptoms
Alcoholic energy drinks and alcopops
Non-traditional alcoholic beverages
Popular party drugs
E-cigarettes / Vape pens
New alcohol/drug-related technology
Youth party tendencies
Social networking sites
Drug dangers to first responders
New Marijuana products
Marijuana wax and oils
Sessions can also include information on stash compartments that are often used to hide weapons. They can examine the relationship between drugs, alcohol and violence as well.
Workshops feature more than 120 visual aids. As part of a workshop, Officer Galloway can also conduct a community scan, which involves going to convenience stores and other retail locations to keep your knowledge of your local drug culture up-to-date.
This Tall Cop session will also educate attendees on how to interview individuals and speak “the drug language” about various alcohol and drug topics.
The New Drug Trend of “Dabbing,” the Use of E-Cigarettes, and Edibles in the Drug World
This in-depth session covers the recent trend of marijuana concentrates, waxes and oils. This is quickly becoming the primary option for many drug users of all ages. The session will include information on:
- Associated terms and logos
- New paraphernalia (including e-cigarettes)
- Odors associated with the drug
- Signs and symptoms of using the drug
- The drug’s potency and appearance
The Truth About Underage Drinking
This session will test your knowledge of the current underage drinking culture. It will cover:
- Underage drinking trends
- Popular youth-based drinks
- Non-traditional methods of alcohol consumption
- Alcohol accessibility (fake IDs, adult providers, etc.)
- New youth-based alcoholic items on the market
- Stickers, logos, technology and other identifiers of youth alcohol and drug use
You can see many signs of underage drinking/drug abuse on clothing and vehicles during everyday traffic stops. The session also features more than 40 visual aids along with examples from various locations across the United States.
Electronic Dance Music Trends & Effects
All over the world, the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) has become an increasingly popular genre of popular music. This session will help you understand the EDM culture and how it differs from other drug- and alcohol-related trends. You’ll find out about:
- Types of EDM events (and locations)
- EDM culture (includes terms, logos)
- Possible connections between EDM, drugs and alcohol
- Drug overdoses at EDM events
The session will also include discussions on the impact that EDM events can have on your community and how to proactively educate others.
Stash Clothing, Items and Hidden Compartments
This session focuses on the constantly evolving trend of stash compartments in everyday items.
In the past, many stash compartments were rather simple to identify. Today, stash items are far more discreet. You can:
- Tuck them easily inside different pieces of clothing
- Hide them in vehicle and household products
- Purchase them at many different retail outlets
In this class, you’ll learn about many of these items and show you how to find them.
Making the Connection Between Youth, Drugs, Alcohol and Violence
This session looks at the link between drugs, alcohol and violence in popular youth culture today. It examines:
- Everyday items (could have hidden compartments, have street-level violence meanings, etc.)
- Drug identifiers
- Dangers associated with various drugs and high-potency alcoholic drinks
Prevention Through Collaboration
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to prevent underage drinking and drug usage. It teaches you how to work with a variety of figures in your community, including:
- Coalition members
- Prevention providers
- Law enforcement
The information in this workshop can help people in both urban and rural communities deal with substance abuse issues. Attendees learn about popular drug/alcohol tendencies among today’s youth. They also get tips on making partnerships through community-based programs to reduce underage drinking and drug usage.
Drugged Driving: Physical, Visual and Verbal Identifiers for the Possible Drugged Driver
The drugged driver can use different kinds of:
- Physical identifiers
Do you know what the sticker on that car means? What does the logo on that hat tell you? You learn the answer to these and other questions in this session.
Underage Parties! Alcohol and Drug Abuse: A Street-Level Approach
This workshop focuses on the observations of Officer Galloway himself. Attendees will learn current alcohol/drug trends and practices of minors in both rural and urban communities. You’ll get information on:
- How kids hide drugs and alcohol at school
- Alcoholic energy drinks and the problems they pose for parents, educators and law enforcement
- Community-based programs that help reduce underage drinking and drug usage
High School and College Party Patrols: A Multifaceted Approach
Underage drinking parties pose a high risk to many people because of:
- Binge drinking
- Impaired driving
- Fights and assaults
- Impaired decision-making
This session teaches participants how to run a successful, proactive party patrol. You’ll also learn several other programs that help reduce retail sales of alcohol to minors in your community. The class will go over:
- How to involve the media and other members of your community
- Developing programs for before and after a party patrol
Working with Law Enforcement: The Bridge of Collaboration
This class teaches educators, community members and coalitions how to work with law enforcement in their community. You’ll learn the importance of working together, as well as proactive approaches to gaining leverage with your local police department or sheriff’s office.
Alcohol and Drugs in Rural Communities
This workshop focuses on underage alcohol/drug usage issues in rural communities. It highlights programs to reduce:
- Underage drinking
- Retail sales to minors
- Impaired driving
We’ll go over current alcohol/drug trends in schools as well as joint prevention programs between educators, sports teams, coalitions and law enforcement. You’ll learn how to organize rural party patrols and how to have a high impact with low numbers of police officers and prevention personnel.
Identifying the Possible Impaired Driver/Individual
This session covers the emerging trends of the drug world and the impaired individual. Items discussed include:
- Drug logos
- Stickers with drug-related connotations
- Drug clothing
- Drug concealment containers and methods
- Drug paraphernalia
Attendees will see examples of how impaired driving is encouraged and how it can connect to popular music. This presentation also covers:
- Alcoholic energy drinks
- New flavored drinks on the market
- Alcohol-related clothing
- Non-traditional ways of alcohol consumption
Student Party Patrols & The Designer Drug World: A Multifaceted Approach
As the types, locations and attendees of student drug/alcohol parties keep evolving, the need for party patrols—which help reduce underage alcohol/drug usage and impaired driving—increases. In this session, attendees will learn how to form and manage an effective underage drinking party patrol. The class covers:
- How to utilize police officers
- Amount of personnel needed
- Areas of emphasis
- How to use the media
- Working with civilian volunteers
- Execution of the patrol
Community Scans: Training and Trends
This session teaches how to scan for substance abuse in your community and surrounding areas. These lessons, which include both classwork and field work, are recommended for:
- Law enforcement
- Coalition, conference and agency coordinators
- Treatment providers
This training can also be geared towards improving how coalitions work with youth groups; it can help them determine which items are being marketed to kids better. You’ll learn about various drug/alcohol-related products, their meaning and the extent to which the drug culture has affected your community.
You can take this training as a standalone class or in addition to a standard workshop (additional hours/days required).
A Street-Level Law Enforcement Approach to Working with the Media to Promote Enforcement Programs and Projects, Education and Prevention
By using videos, articles and news stories, this session breaks down how street-level law enforcement can engage with the media better. You’ll learn how to work with reporters and other personnel to create a prevention and education message through your enforcement programs.
The session also covers how other community groups that work with law enforcement can create a similar message by joining forces with the media.
Special Event Enforcement Operations
This session focuses on how to prepare and regulate special events that can involve heavy alcohol or drug usage. You’ll receive information on how to work with event promoters and security companies. Officer Galloway will also explain how to deal with large numbers of people with a small number of enforcement officers. Topics covered may include:
- Stash compartments
- Drug identifiers
- Signs and symptoms of drug use
- Over-serving of alcohol
- Underage drinking trends
Marijuana Legalization Trends
This session covers street-level trends and influences that have arisen with the arrival of marijuana legalization. Officer Galloway will show examples from different states that have legalized marijuana, including:
- New products
- Marijuana-related items
The class will also examine connections that some items may have to other drugs.
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