Pictured L-R : Tim Krawczyk (Vette's Club), Chief Bill Lamb, Kevin Schneider (Vette's Club) and Lt. Andy Gill
Fond du Lac Agencies Announce Creation of Drug Endangered Children Program
The City of Fond du Lac Police Department in collaboration with the Fond du Lac County Department of Social Services, Fond du Lac County District Attorney’s Office, Fond du Lac School District, Probation and Parole, and Fond du Lac County Public Health Department, are pleased to announce the creation of a Drug Endangered Children (DEC) program for the City of Fond du Lac. Officials will be hosting a press conference on Wednesday August 6th at 2:30 p.m. at the City of Fond du Lac Police Department to make the announcement. Officials from the above agencies will be on hand to discuss the role of the DEC program.
Representatives from the Fond du Lac Police Department, the Fond du Lac District Attorney’s Office and Fond du Lac County Department of Social Services attended the State DEC Conference held in Eau Claire WI on July 28-31. The Fond du Lac DEC program was recognized at the Conference as the newest member of the DEC organization.
In addition, the Fond de Vettes Club donated $500.00 towards the purchase of investigative and evidentiary gathering equipment for the newly created DEC Program.
The purpose of the DEC Team is to collaboratively intervene on the behalf of the children who have been exposed to drug-endangered environments and are unsafe in those environments. DEC team members will cooperate with each other so that parents/caretakers are vigorously and effectively prosecuted for child endangerment/abuse/neglect in addition to charges resulting from their illegal drug activities.
The continuing concern of substance abuse has forced us to respond more effectively and improve our response in drug-endangered environments. We have pooled our expertise to become a collaborative effort and are determined to utilize all possible options to protect children from future harm of drug-endangered environments.
The foundation of our focus is to protect children in drug-endangered environments and to recognize that abusing drugs in the presence of children is child abuse/neglect. Exposing children to surroundings where drugs are used or sold is also an abusive and hazardous environment. The lack of attention and supervision where caretakers are under the impairment of drugs is neglect. These are all examples of child endangerment/abuse/neglect. We will investigate and prosecute to our fullest extent possible in cases where neglect/endangerment is evidence.
Our primary goals are: to minimize the re-victimization of drug-exposed children; to improve their health and safety by providing treatment and appropriate services to the family; and to develop a multi-disciplinary team maximizing our ability to respond to this devastating problem.