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School Safety

The Chesterfield County Police Department's School Safety Unit encompasses programs such as School Resource Officer, Campus Resource Officer, School Crossing Guard, Success Through Education and Proactive Policing (STEPP) and Child Safety Training, all of which serve the community in a positive and invaluable capacity.

The School Resource Officer program is a collaborative effort between the police department and the educations system to provide a safe and secure educational setting for students and community members. To date, there are 30 sworn police officers assigned to the 12 middle schools, 11 high schools, and a technical center.

For 18 years, Child Safety Officers, who are civilian, uniformed police personnel, have been responsible for providing the STEPP program to elementary students in Chesterfield County Public Schools. During the last full school year (2015-2016), Child Safety Officers presented 6,114 STEPP lessons in the public elementary schools, instructing more than 25,871 Chesterfield County students. Through the STEPP program, students receive instruction in matters concerning personal safety, conflict resolution, drug prevention and responsible behavior. Course topics are based on school grade levels.

Kindergarten – rules 

  • Officer friendly
  • School bus
  • Seat-belt safety
  • Respect for authority

1st graders – personal safety 

  • Emergency 911
  • Respect for authority
  • Safety at home
  • Self-discipline

2nd graders – interacting with others 

  • Respect
  • Standing up for yourself
  • Stealing
  • Stranger awareness

3rd graders – handling conflicts 

  • Respect for authority
  • Decision-making
  • Problem-solving
  • Peer pressure
  • Alternatives to fighting

4th graders – responsibility 

  • Respect for authority
  • Self-discipline
  • Responsible citizenship
  • Crime prevention
  • Crime resistance: vandalism
  • Crime resistance: shoplifting
5th graders – multiple topics 
  • Respect for self and others
  • Decision-making
  • Nonviolent conflict resolutions
  • Peer and social influences
  • Tobacco and other drug awareness
  • Responsible citizen