Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 22, 2013

Sheriff gives tips for staying safe

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The sheriff named a few factors he believes may be to blame, including an increase to single-parent homes, saying that with parents out of the home, children are free to watch violent television. Technology, the Internet and cellphones, he added, also limit children's face-to-face interaction.

Monnet believes it's only a matter of time until police officers will be necessary in every school.

"I think it's going to come to that, and I'm sorry to say it," Monnet said.

However, Monnet noted officers in schools have more benefits than just protecting the students and staff. Children get to see police officers as real people and not someone to be afraid of without a reason, he said. This makes children more comfortable talking to authorities when they have information on an illegal activity.

"We've got to get to the kids when they're young," the sheriff said.

When asked about his stance on gun rights, Monnet explained how everyone had a gun when he was growing up. It's only now that legislators and politicians want to take that right away.

"Now they want to say you can't have this," he said. "Why should good people suffer?"

Jill Boone asked how drivers could be sure the person trying to pull them over is truly an officer of the law, after hearing of impersonators stopping citizens to harm them.

Monnet said a ticket could not be issued to a driver who drove safely and legally to a well-lit location to stop for the police officer.

"If you ever have some hesitation or doubt," get to a safer place before stopping, he said.

Nicole Dominique can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 138, or at nicole.dominique@effinghamdailynews.com.

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