“Real Talk” Forums – Having Safe Interaction with Law Enforcement

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In today’s society, our youth are forced to make tough decisions daily. It is becoming increasingly difficult for them to make the right decision without unpleasant consequences. As a result some youth attempt to “fit in” or feel pressured to disrespect authority figures, experiment with drugs, bully their peers and even join gangs.

We as criminal justice professionals, pastors and community leaders, are trying to find a solutions to these problems.

To address these issues, we have formed partnerships with our local churches and Tyler Together Race Relations to host forums to educate parents, teachers and the community of warning signs in our youth.  

Our mission is to bring awareness to deter our youth from making bad choices that could affect their lives forever.

Our forums will discuss;

  • Safe Interaction with Law Enforcement
  • How to recognize, resist and deter gang activity
  • How to deter bulling, teasing and harassment
  • Social Media, sexting and inappropriate behavior
  • The benefits of having good communication with parents
  • How governmental authorities can assist and connect with the youth
  • The consequence of making bad decisions

Some of our Criminal Justice speakers are;

  • Dianna Jackson, Assistant Chief of Police (Retired) Tyler Police Department
  • Leonard Spurling, Deputy Sheriff Smith County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sabrina Dean, Smith County Juvenile Probation Department
  • Herbert Hayter, Lieutenant, TJC Police Academy Director
  • Reggie Conley, Tyler Police Investigator
  • Clifton Roberson Attorney, former Assistant District Attorney
  • Fabian Arteaga Jr. Chief of Police Winona I.S.D. Police Department
  • Gary Pinkerton, Director Smith County Pretrial Release Office


If your Church, Organization, or Civic Group is interested in participating or hosting a session,  please call Gary Pinkerton at (903) 360-8913 or use our Contact Us Page  or via email at TylerTogether[@]gmail.com

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