JTHS Students Learn from AWARE Project
March 17, 2017 08:23 AM
In an effort to help youth understand how to better interact with law enforcement, speakers from the AWARE Project recently presented to Joliet Central and Joliet West High School students. The speakers for each presentation consisted of police officers, Will County Circuit and Associate judges, Will County prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and other attorneys.
Attorney Amy Melton, founder of the AWARE (Acknowledging the Well-Being and Rights of Everyone) Project states that the purpose of the presentations are to “inform the public, especially young people, what to do if they are stopped by a police officer-traffic or otherwise. It is important that, during a traffic stop, people know and assert their legal rights but in a calm and respectful manner.”
The AWARE speakers for this year include: Will County Circuit Judges Carla Policandriotes, Dan Kennedy, and Dan Rippy; Will County Associate Judges Chrystel Gavlin, Dave Garcia, and Ben Braun; Joliet Police Lt. Dennis McWherter; Joliet Police Detectives David Jackson and Carlos Matlock; Will County Assistant State's Attorney Moira Dunn; Will County criminal defense attorneys Shari Hale and Amy Melton; Will County family law attorney Leann Lantz.