The Parent Project underway with Sparks police

SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - A program to better family relationships is in full swing with the Sparks Police Department. The Parent Project began last week, but there is still time to join.

The goal of the program is to help parents build a better relationship with their teens. Parents will learn how to use proven strategies like managing conflict in their home and use skills to promote family utility.

Damon O’Connell with the Sparks Police Department said, “We realized, the need for parents to be able to have that outlet, somewhere they can go and get some additional skills or just skills that they have always had.”

O’Connell continued, “However they haven’t, or don’t remember them, or they aren’t just utilizing them when they are at home.”

The nationwide program has helped 500,000 families. The department said it’s helped 60 families the last 3 years and has seen a positive difference.

“What we have seen in the past, is that our calls for service, are up at these specific places, and prior to the class and then after the class, our calls to these houses reduced dramatically,” said O'Connell.

He said this is the last week you can join the 10-week class.

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