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The Spark - Season 02 Episode 03

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Published on Mar 21, 2014

The theme this month on The SPARK is "Safety." Host Jeremy Park sits down with Sgt. Len Edwards, Executive Director of the Commission on Missing & Exploited Children; Olliette Murry-Drobot, Executive Director of the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County; and Patti Phelps, CEO of Phelps Security, Inc.

COMEC was established as a collaborative effort between the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County and the Memphis Police Department to focus on and provide the vital community functions necessary to deal effectively with missing and exploited children in the Mid-South. Edwards discusses a number of their important services, including safety education for children, counseling, child identification programs, distribution of finger printing kits for children, and technical assistance to parents, law enforcement, and the Shelby County Juvenile Court. He also shares some helpful tips for parents to keep their children protected.

Olliette Murry-Drobot, highlights how the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County is providing one location that effectively combines civil, criminal, health, and social services for victims of domestic violence. Their model uses a multi-agency team response and offers specially trained navigators, who listen and assess immediate and long-term needs, in order to guide victims to the appropriate resources available to help them. Drobot details some of their programs and success stories and shares some tips for how to recognize warning signs and reach out for help.

Patti Phelps provides perspective on her family-owned company, which is one of the oldest locally-owned-and-operated security companies in Memphis today. Phelps discusses some of their core services, along with a number of helpful tips for curbing crime. Phelps talks at length about her family and company's commitment to reinvesting in the community and details their B.I.G. (Business Interest Group) for Memphis monthly meetings.

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