Upper Marlboro, MD… Leadership Prince George’s, Inc. (LPG) donated nearly 250 Teddy Bears and other stuffed animals to the Sheriff’s Office at its alumni and friends holiday celebration. The stuffed animals, contributed by LPG members and alumni, and Jack and Jill of Prince George’s County were presented to Sheriff Melvin C. High and Chief Assistant Darrin C. Palmer - a Class 22 alum. The toys are used by Sheriff’s Deputies in the Domestic Violence Intervention Division (DVID) to comfort small children they encounter in domestic violence situations.
LPG Board Chair Marva Jo Camp introduced Sheriff Melvin C. High. Of the partnership with the Sheriff’s Office she said, “The Teddy Bear project is one we enjoy for a lot of reasons; it brings our graduates and current class together in fellowship and common cause; it supports the public safety work of one of our alum and board members; and we get to hope that each of these toys will comfort a child in a violent situation.”
Sheriff High thanked LPG and spoke briefly about the Domestic Violence Intervention Division (DVID), the importance of speaking out against abuse and the fact that children are often the silent victims in domestic violence disputes. “Our deputies see so many things. For a frightened and confused child, a stuffed animal may be just the thing they can hold on to when they are in the midst of a violent storm they don’t understand. They can mean more than you know,” said Sheriff High.
Sheriff High went on to say that Domestic Violence affects communities across the county, the state and the world, and that silence and fear of reporting abuse continue to be among the major challenges in the fight against domestic violence.
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