Episode No. 27 Methamphetamine
- Community Prevention TacticsDate: June 27, 2008
Notes: Former San Francisco Police
Department Inspector Linda Flanders and Red Wing Police Department Chief of Police Tim Sletten about community prevention
tactics and methamphetamine addiction.
In the 1970s, Linda Flanders was the first female police officer to join the Mill
Valley police Department (California). By 1980, she had moved across the bay and joined the San Francisco
Police Department. During her career she was promoted to the rank of Inspector and trained as a Child Interview Specialist.
Linda Flanders worked for several years in the Juvenile Division’s Child Sexual Assault Detail.
Linda Flanders has a degree in Criminal Justice and became a Movement Education
Teacher in 1991. Since 1999, she has worked as an independent educational filmmaker and, co-developed the “The Movie
Making Process©” as a learning and teaching tool for today’s kids. Using a mix of art education, pop-culture
and digital technology the process has developed into the 21st Century Prevention Program. The original work, “The Movie
Making Process”© was recently nominated by the State of Wisconsin as their “Most Promising Prevention Program”.
Linda Flanders has published several articles on alternative learning styles and
children who exhibit atypical behavior. And, is the author of the self-help Cinema-therapy book for teens Hollywood Endings
and How To Get One. The prevention program for communities is called The Northern Lights; Shining The Light
on the Meth-edemic and mixes entertainment and education to deal with methamphetamine specifically and addiction in general.
Linda Flanders’ current project is to work with communities nationwide on the prevention program and evaluation, document
it in a peer-reviewed article and submit the findings to the National Institute of Health as a model program. She is actively
looking for communities to join this endeavor. www.taprootinc.com
Chief of Police Tim Sletten worked
his way up through the ranks of the Red Wing Police Department (Minnesota) and was appointed Chief in 2004. He is very active
with the town’s community groups and a visual presence at all events. As a small town Chief, he’s learning quickly
how to deal with global issues at the local level. He’s an advocate for up-to date training, known for addressing community
concerns immediately and recognizes the need to connect with young people through their own interests. Of The Northern Lights;
Shining The Light on the Meth-edemic project, Chief Tim Sletten said, “This is the first thing I’ve ever seen
that was created specifically for the kids.”