Larry Lawton in a still from his 'Reality Check' video.
By Anne Allred
LAKE ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KSDK) - The Lake St. Louis Police Department will make an ex-con from New York an honorary police officer later this month.
Larry Lawton served 11 years in federal prison after stealing $15 million in jewels. He was involved in organized crime and motorcycle gangs for many years.
Following his release, Lawton turned his life around and developed "The Reality Check Program" to help troubled teens and young adults.
Lake St. Louis Police Chief Mike Force will make Lawton an honorary officer at a swearing-in ceremony August 16. Force will also introduce "The Reality Check Program" for the first time in the state of Missouri.
The program is used by the federal government in their "Weed and Seed Program."
Lawton and Force will be recognized for their collaboration on the floor of Congress in Washington, D.C. in September.