The Bensalem Police opened “Behind Closed Doors” this morning. The display gives parents an opportunity to look into a teenager’s bedroom and look for warning signs of drug abuse, mental health issues, and other risky behaviors.
Various Bensalem public departments such as the Bensalem Township Police Department, Building a Better Bensalem Together, Bensalem Township Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board, and the Bensalem Township School District contributed to make the room as authentic and informative to parents as possible.
Supervisor of Pupil Services Tammy Wood-Moghal knows it is impossible for parents to know everything about what their children could be concealing.
“We see it as our responsibility to help educate folks on any number of things,” Wood-Moghal said. “When you are able to pull all the resources together, it’s a win win situation for everybody.”
Sergeant Adam Schwartz, who helped design the room, wants people to know the display is based on real life experiences.
“Everything in this room is something I’ve personally come across,” Schwartz said. The Bensalem Police stated they believe every parent of an adolescent teenager should see the room.
“There have always been signs and symptoms of adolescents looking for help and not knowing how to ask for it or parents not knowing what to look for,” Wood-Moghal said. “It’s typically not that parents want to ignore it, it’s just they don’t have the tools or knowledge of what to look for or how to ask for help.”
This week “Behind Closed Doors” is open Wednesday 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday 10 a.m. to noon, and the room is scheduled to stay open in Bensalem until the end of July. Other times of when the room is open to the public are available on Crimewatch.