WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — In light of a stretch of violent acts involving minors over the summer, Wausau police are urging local community members to help serve as positive influences in the lives of the youth.
“There’s 78 police officers here, there’s 40,000 citizens, right?,” says Wausau Police Chief Ben Bliven. “So if 40,000 citizens are watchful, reporting what’s suspicious in their neighborhood and reporting that type of activity to us, then together we can make a larger impact.”
In a Thursday morning Facebook post, the Wausau Police Department lays out recommended steps to take for parents and organizations to accomplish the goal.
“These incidents that have occurred have all been drug related. most of them have involved firearms, so there are a couple key components,” says Bliven.
“First, lock up guns and keep them inaccessible from young people or don’t have them in your home at all. Set clear and strong expectations regarding firearms, alcohol, and drugs,” the post reads.
Wausau Police also ask to go above and beyond in the endeavor.
“Do something that supports these troubled youth. Be a scout leader or a sports coach. Become a foster parent. This is what makes Wausau great, we have a lot of people actively working to positively impact our community’s youth. But we need even more hands on deck.
You can read the post in its entirety below.