Delving into the minds of young killers to find ways to prevent teen violence is the goal behind a two-day seminar titled "Juvenile Homicide Boot Camp" hosted by the Reynoldsburg Police Department.

Delving into the minds of young killers to find ways to prevent teen violence is the goal behind a two-day seminar titled "Juvenile Homicide Boot Camp" hosted by the Reynoldsburg Police Department.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 30-31 at the Reynoldsburg Police Department, 7240 E. Main St.

The main speaker will be Phil Chalmers. Reynoldsburg police officer Katherine Mielke, who is also the school resource officer for Reynoldsburg schools, said Chalmers is considered a leading authority on juvenile homicide.

Mielke has been a police officer for Reynoldsburg for the past 19 years. From her perspective, she said, she believes there are increasing instances of teen violence.

"I do believe that teen violence has escalated over the years, specifically with female teens," she said. "I believe more work needs to be done to help educate youth of the consequences of using violence as the answer to resolving problems.

"Unfortunately, many of them do not look at the long-term consequences of violent behavior, such as expulsion from school and a court record."

Mielke said she attended a conference for school resource officers on creating safe learning environments, where Chalmers presented a program about teen violence.

"Mr. Chalmers is an intelligent individual and a dynamic presenter," she said. "He has interviewed all of the newsworthy teen killers that are still alive."

She said the Reynoldsburg seminar will feature detailed information and strategies.

The people who could benefit the most from the seminar, Mielke said, are those who have direct contact with young people, such as teachers, police officers, social workers, youth pastors, counselors, parents, sports coaches and medical personnel.

"Important components of this seminar will be the warning signs that were missed in regards to teen killers and the triggers that cause juveniles to kill," she said. "I am looking forward to Mr. Chalmers sharing his insight with those in our community and surrounding areas about the latest teen trends, drug trends, gang trends, teen lingo, teen entertainment, technology and school safety strategies."

Mielke said the state of Ohio is currently implementing bullying-prevention requirements for schools.

"With this training, Mr. Chalmers is providing an anti-bullying assembly program, including PowerPoint and videos, to be able to do a plug-and-play presentation that meets the state's bullying prevention requirements," she said.

Chalmers is the author of "Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer" and "The Encyclopedia of Teen Killers." According to his website, he has interviewed more than 200 teen killers, school shooters, serial killers, mass murderers and sexual predators, including school shooters Luke Woodham, Michael Carneal, Barry Loukaitis, Mitchell Johnson and Jamie Rouse.

He has also interviewed Charles Manson, David "Son of Sam" Berkowitz, serial killer Danny Rolling and others.

The cost of the seminar is $169 per person for both days. Registration is available online at philchalmers.com. Payment may be made by credit card on the website or with a check brought to the event.

For more information, email Mielke at KMielke@reyn.org or for information about the training, email Chalmers at chalmers33@aol.com.

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Phil Chalmers, flanked by Jacob Davis (left) and Jamie Rouse (right), who both went to jail for murders when they were teenagers in Tennessee. Chalmers interviewed them and many other convicted murderers to understand teen violence for his seminars.