Somerset Community Colleges Criminal Justice Student Organization (CJSO), Laurel
Campus, recently completed a toy drive for the local family courts and law enforcement.
Not only did the students conduct the toy drive to make a difference in the lives
of area children, but they also wanted to help change the potentially negative perception
children may have of those in law enforcement.
"It's often a traumatic event for a child when they come in touch with law enforcement
or have to be in family court because of things their families are doing", said Terry
Taylor, assistant professor of Criminal Justice and faculty sponsor for the CJSO Laurel.
These toys serve as a way of trying to comfort the child and to help them know that
what's happening is not their fault."
Tracy Allen, president of the CJSO-Laurel, and other criminal justice students will
clean the toys before taking them to local law enforcement and family courts. The
students plan to start a new toy collection drive during the spring 2012 semester.
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