The Berkshire District Attorney's Office is pleased to announce a new initiative which will be launched in partnership with Pittsfield Community Television this fall called Take 15 for Safety. This new program will offer 15 minute educational DVDs providing practical information on current social issues and crime prevention topics for parents, guardians, schools, students and the community.

The project creation came as a result of the concern that although schools were increasingly requesting educational training for students, parents and guardians on health and safety topics, parental participation was disturbingly low.

Schedules today are crammed with professional obligations and family and social commitments which carry an enormous amount of responsibility. Recognizing that the demands of daily life today can be overwhelming with never enough time in the day for all that needs to be accomplished, especially for parents and guardians, the Office realized it was necessary to come up with a creative alternative to get this important information to the people who needed it most.

District Attorney Capeless said, "I do not want the full schedules of parents and families to prohibit them from being aware of societal dangers that may potentially threaten the security and well being of adults and children alike."

"Thanks to the collaboration between my Office and PCTV, by devoting just 15 short minutes to watch, listen and learn, viewers with be provided clear and concise information and resource support on health and safety topics to help them protect themselves and those they love", Capeless added.

Dave Cachat, CityLink Coordinator at PCTV, says "PCTV and CityLink are proud to collaborate on the new Take 15 for Safety initiative which showcases the perfect union between a governmental body and public television by using the medium of television to better inform and educate parents and community members about real dangers".

Topics including Sexting, Social Networking Sites, Underage Drinking, Identity Theft, Teen Healthy Relationships, Mandated Reporting and Bullying and Cyberbullying have been completed, and several more topics are in production stages.

The programs will run on PCTV, and by October 10, 2009, the DVDs may be seen courtesy of a feed from PCTV by logging on to our website and clicking on Take 15 for Safety. Copies may also be obtained by calling the office at 413-443-5951.

The Take 15 for Safety initiative is made possible through funding and technical assistance from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities grant and the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.