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The mission of the Chesterfield County Police Department's Child Safety Section is to empower children in Chesterfield County with the desire, skills and knowledge needed to become responsible residents. For 15 years, the section has been responsible for providing the Success Through Education and Proactive Policing (STEPP) program to students in Chesterfield County Public Schools.

The section is staffed by civilian, uniformed police personnel who serve as Child Safety Officers, Crossing Guards and supervisors. Each employee in this section is hired, trained and supervised by members of the Chesterfield County Police Department, and has completed an extensive police background investigation. They are not sworn police personnel and cannot assume responsibility for situations in which a sworn police officer should be called.

During the 2012-2013 school year, Child Safety Officers presented 5,580 STEPP lessons in all 38 public elementary schools, instructing more than 25,000 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.

View the 2012-2013 Child Safety Section Annual Report 

View the 2012-2013 Child Safety Section Annual Review 

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 
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