Mark Patterson has worked for the Medford Police Department for 24 years. He was a patrolman and corporal for 16 years. He was a defensive tactics instructor for 9 years. He is now currently a School Resource Officer (SRO) and has been assigned to that position for 8 years. During his time as an SRO he spent 4 years at Hedrick middle school and he is currently assigned to North Medford high school. The purpose of the program is to increase safety within the schools and promote a positive environment where education can occur. Mark has received specialized training in how to communicate and deal with juveniles in the school setting. In addition, he teaches classes to students, staff and parents regarding the criminal justice system, drug and alcohol issues, gangs, driving and internet safety. During the summer months, the officers are assigned to the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement Team and focus on juvenile gang enforcement in our community.
Mark’s Monday Session:
Reaching Our Troubled Youth: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention and Suppression
Our local Gang Prevention Task Force will have representatives from all backgrounds share real life stories, statistics and facts about troubled youth in Southern Oregon.
Nonprofits are on the front lines dealing with gang issues in the community, offering help and services to families and youth in need. The Task Force will help your organization learn more about the available networks that focus on troubled youth and recommend specific mobilization strategies for prevention, intervention and suppression.
A comprehensive survey shows 16 active gangs in our area, with 95% of members between the ages of 13 and 25. Parent involvement, employment, job training, school programs, mentoring, and recreation programs are all effective ways to reach troubled youth. “A repeated finding was that having a meaningful, trusted connection with at least one caring, competent adult was the core of resilience.” ~ Kenneth R. Ginsburg & Sara B. Kinsman
Gang prevention requires our communities work together to access and intervene for high risk youth who are vulnerable to recruitment. Successful prevention assures less work on intervention and suppression efforts – but all three approaches are actively needed.
Please join our expert panel members to learn what is being done and what you and your organization can do to help.
Brad Russell, Executive Director, Rogue Valley Family YMCA
Joe Ferguson, Jackson County Juvenile Services Deputy Director
Mark Patterson, School Resource Police Officer
Matt Sweeney, Youth 71Five Ministries
Phil Ortega, Spartan Boxing Gym
Troy Wohosky, School Resource Police Officer