Participation in the Community Outreach through Police in Schools Program
is voluntary, and alternative programming is offered to any student who
does not wish to participate or whose parents do not provide consent.
Throughout the school year, each group meets weekly for 10 consecutive
weeks: eight group sessions plus pretest and posttest sessions. The sessions
follow a structured curriculum that includes drawing, sharing ideas,
observation, learning, role playing, and group activities. Participants
receive ongoing feedback and the final meeting includes a celebration
and awarding of certificates for completion of the program. After the
sessions end, general feedback is provided to school personnel and parents.
Students who are identified as needing additional or ongoing services
are referred to resources in the community.