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Safety Zone Advocacy, Inc. believes it takes the community working as a whole to protect its children from sexual predators and pedophiles. Believing that education and prevention are the key to protecting children. 

Safety Zone Advocacy, Inc. has developed a series of programs that are geared towards specific segments of the community. Below you will find an overview of the programs and services Safety Zone Advocacy, Inc. provides for concerned parents, community stakeholders and youth.


Predator Patrol Precincts


A comprehensive series of "how to" educational manuals and training programs, this program provides individuals with the tools and skills necessary to create safe communities. From developing a coalition of committed citizens including parents, victims, law enforcement, educators, health professionals, community leaders etc who will work together to educate their community on safety tips, local resources, and information about sexual predators, offenders and pedophiles, to providing cutting edge statistics, best practices and tools to insure internet safety, to advocating for stronger and more effective local, state-wide and national laws, this program has been proven to bring about positive changes within communities, and aids law enforcement in addressing the safety of children and adults alike.

This program also teaches individuals to identify local sexual offenders, predators and pedophiles, insure that these individuals are complying with local, state and federal laws, and if they are not educates concerned citizens on how to work with local law enforcement to insure that absconders are caught and prosecuted.
 


 
Safety Zone Youth Patrol Manual and Training Programs


Through this program youth will have an opportunity to learn and practice different ways of being safe through workshops that are short, upbeat, and experiential. The skills they will learn will help them to stop most abuse, abduction, assault, and bullying. Workshops are tailored to the ages and life situations of the children, but all Safety Zone Youth Patrol education components will have the following elements: 

We focus on the positive. 
This means we use workshop time to explore and practice skills that can prevent, avoid, de-escalate, or stop a problem as soon as possible. We do not use scare tactics or stories that focus on children being victimized. 

We create opportunities for “learning by doing.” 
Instead of spending much time discussing problems, we have children practice what to do to prevent or stop those problems. This means our students actually practice – with their bodies and with their voices – the skills they are learning, and they are coached so that they experience success. 

We use matter-of-fact language that is not fear-based. 
This means, for example, that students practice skills for stranger safety, not “stranger danger.” We coach students to be aware, not “wary.” We practice skills to stop unwanted touch and attention rather than talking about “bad touch.” The goal of each level of youth programming will be to establish a Safety Zone Youth Patrol Team. The concept of this team is simple: Young people work together in a formal structure, with help from adults, to patrol the community in small groups, acting non-confrontationally, to educate their peers and the young children in the community to be safe and to avoid situations and individuals that could place them in harm. They are not tasked to apprehend criminals. 


Enlisting young people as active partners in building a safer community increases their commitment to prevention, provides additional help in spotting trouble or possible trouble, and reduces fear and crime. General rules and regulations of a student patrol will be: 

- Students will be supervised by an adult advisor. 

- Students will not intervene in any crime, they will simply report it. 

- Students will educate themselves and their peers on best practices to staying safe in their communities.

- Students will receive quality training in how to respond to situations.




 Six Ways That Safety Zone Advocacy Teams Will Make Their Communities Safer

1.)  Youth - both in and out of the patrol - take greater ownership of the community because they see adults as willing to share the responsibility with them. 

2.)  Peers can be more effective than adults in working with other youth, especially with proper training. 

3.)  Patrol members help set standards and expectations for peers' behavior. 

4.)  Having additional trained observers - the patrol members - noting and reporting not just specific crimes or rules violations but problems that could lead to crime increases the safety of all communities. 

5.)  An active, successful patrol encourages other to educate themselves and to work together to insure every ones safety. 

6.)  A well-structured patrol, one that involves a wide cross-section of the youth community, builds a sense of unity and community among students. 



Acknowledging the fact that for Safety Zone Youth Patrol to be successful, there will need to be a committed team of adult's that work with them, this program will also have a component geared towards parents, guardians and other concerned adult community members. 


The Adult Curriculum Component Will Provide Participants With The Following 


- Tips on how to effectively work with youth. 

- Idea exchange and problem solving around issues of concern. 

- Discussion concerning techniques to maintain the advisor’s support system or continuing education within the home and communities. 




This Program Will Target The Following Audience


- New Safety Zone Youth Patrol Advisors & School Resource or other Law Enforcement Officers working with Advisors. 

- Other volunteers or staff working with Advisors & Parents of participants. 




For More Information On These Programs 
Please Contact Us By Email At:


Judy Cornett, Founder & Executive Director 
predatorpatrol@gmail.com  

OR: 

For More Information 
info@safetyzoneadvocacy.org

Celebrating Gary Mark Hicks Moving Out Of His Pet Store!

December 29, 2007

VICTORY CELEBRATION
SEXUAL PREDATOR MUST GO!
LEASE IS UP & NOT BEING RENEWED!

Hicks claims on Craigslist that he is selling his business due to health reasons, his children and other obligations.
 
On December 29, 2007, a large group rallied at Pet City Center celebrating the closing of Hicks' Pet Store. 
The group consisted of residence of the neighborhood, victims of the predator,  family members of the victims, 
and friends and supporters of Safety Zone Advocacy, Inc.
 
It has been a long road to see a small part of justice. 
Gary Mark Hicks operating a Pet Store so close to Daycare Centers, Schools, a Library, City Park and Churches is done!
 
 Mr. Hicks is a registered sexual predator. His charges are very disturbing. 
You can find information on him by googling his name on the internet. 
Several victims of his abuse, charged and not charged he met either at Church or his Pet Stores.
 
The story made it to National News when 
Geraldo's crew came to town in 2004. 
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Safety Zone Advocacy, Inc.