Every year during the month of October, the Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center campus holds an event to promote drug and alcohol awareness among students and staff. In the past, guest speakers from Mother’s Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have come to share their stories. This year, the campus took a different approach.The Brooklyn Center Police Department is very involved with the community, so it only seemed natural to ask representatives from the department to present an informational session about drug and alcohol awareness and personal safety.
Representatives from the department held daytime and evening sessions on campus on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Crime Prevention Specialist Becky Boie brought in an officer and two investigators from the North Metro Drug Task Force.
The investigators presented first and shared interesting drug-related information. Students and staff looked at pictures of common drugs and learned what types of cases have come about in Brooklyn Center and surrounding communities. The overall message the investigators shared was to be cognizant of the various drugs out there, and if you are suspicious of something going on in your neighborhood, call the police department. Many of the successful cases that they have dealt with began because of tips from concerned neighbors.
Boie presented personal safety information. She reminded students and staff that in the past, it was sometimes frowned upon when a person called 9-1-1 because of a suspicion or a bad feeling. However, she urged the crowd to call because they would rather get several calls about a situation that turned out okay in the end versus missing the opportunity to help someone whose personal safety was threatened.
The presentations were very well received by the campus community, and everyone learned something new. Diana Igo, campus director, said, “Thank you to the Brooklyn Center Police Department for providing informative training on personal safety and drug and alcohol awareness to our students and employees. We appreciate the partnership we have developed with them!”