Gangs Props Prove a Hit at Police Presentation

By Andrew Ivey | Presentations

Feb 07
Sergeant Duering's presentation

Sergeant Duering presents the evidence: gangland baseball bat

I can’t think of the last time that we featured a presentation from Grand Island, Nebraska. Come to think of it, when was the last time we featured a presentation from Nebraska?

But, that’s what we’re featuring today. It’s a presentation from Sergeant Jim Duering of the Grand Island Police Department. And it’s notable because of his use of props.

Sergeant Duering’s presentation audience comprised school personnel, mental health professionals, drug and alcohol counsellors, and other professionals working with young people.

His presentation, part of a program put on by the Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, outlined gang behaviour, its characteristics and the policing of gangs.

He began his presentation by reciting a poem written by a female gang member. That poem, in turn, allowed him to introduce all the elements that go into someone’s decision to join an American gang–loneliness, isolation and detachment. These threads became the structural points of his presentation noting how to spot someone vulnerable to a gang’s membership.

He used the Nebraska legal definition of a gang to accommodate the range and breadth of gang membership, noting how the street gang stereotype is only one component of the gang culture.

And his props? There was a baseball bat seized from a gang member. He showed off a gang affiliation handkerchief (a blue knotted item) and a baseball cap featuring a gang’s 3-digit area code. This was good effective use of presentation props that he compounded with effective use of video to drive home his points.

This was an effective presentation to a knowledgeable audience, providing both information and understanding of the challenges of gang culture.

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