Fullerton PD to host first-ever teen and parents conference this Saturday


Seeking to provide tools to parents and teens to keep families on the right track, the Fullerton Police Department will host this Saturday its first-ever Teen and Parent Conference.

The free event already is filled to capacity, with 100 parents and teens registered for the five-hour conference, whose slogan is “Unlock the Keys to Success.”

Lucia Maturino, a community liaison officer with the FPD, worked with a committee to organize the 8 a.m.-to-1 p.m. conference, which will feature keynote speaker Dr. Al Valdez, a professor at UCI who is a gang expert and has 28 years of experience in law enforcement.

Workshops at the event, held at the Fullerton Community Center, include marijuana and how it affects the brain, social media safety, effective tools for parenting, and a discussion on energy drinks and vaping.

Dr. Jorge Galindo, a reserve deputy for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, will be leading the discussion about marijuana.

In addition to hearing guest speakers and attending the workshops, participants will be given information about local resources available to them, Maturino said.

“We’re excited to be able to hold this event and are grateful for the strong response to it,” Maturino said. “This workshop reflects our police department’s commitment to community outreach, and we look forward to organizing similar events in the future.”

Check back here early next week for full coverage, including pictures, of Saturday’s event.