The Floral Park Police Department has continually recognized the value of establishing a rapport with the youth of our community through various education related programs.  Since 1976, seeing a need to classify complaints regarding youth and a proportionate rise in malicious damage as a high priority, a Youth Officer has been designated in some capacity on a part-time basis with the goal developing a comprehensive program to work with our young adults and improve communications with this important group.

Today that role is assigned to Police Officer John Groshans, a certified school resource officer, who has developed a rapport with community leaders and school educators. He has been teaching Internet safety in the local schools and to community groups covering such topics as:

• Internet Safety (cyber-bullying, cyber-predators, and the vulnerability social media networks create.)
• Underage Drinking
• Dangers of Texting and Driving
• Hate Crimes
• Drugs and Substance Abuse

PO Groshans has established himself as a valuable source of information and has introduced the I-Safe program into the schools. He tailored the program to meet the needs of his listeners and refreshes and updates the program as needed. He is readily available to speak to students to teach them of the dangers which lurk within the Internet. His service within the schools has proven him to be a trustworthy school liaison and a respected member of the Floral Park Police Department. His involvement in community activities and athletic organizations keep him visible within the village and in touch with the youths of the community. He attends meetings by such groups as the PTA and PTSA, presenting programs of interest to our students and parents.