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The Chesterfield County Police Department’s School Safety Unit is responsible for the School Resource Officer program, the Campus Resource Officer program, the School Crossing Guard program, the Success Through Education and Proactive Policing (STEPP) program and Child Safety training programs offered to the community.  

The School Resource Officer program includes 30 school resource officers in the county’s high schools, middle schools and technical center. The cooperative goal of the School Resource Officer program is to provide a safe and secure learning environment by building a relationship of trust and communication between the police department, schools, students and community.  

For 16 years, Child Safety Officers, who are civilian, uniformed police personnel, have been responsible for providing the Success Through Education and Proactive Policing (STEPP) program to elementary students in Chesterfield County Public Schools. 

During the 2013-2014 school year, Child Safety Officers presented 5,057 STEPP lessons in all 38 public elementary schools, instructing more than 26,867 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.

2015 STEPP Annual Report 

View the 2015 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