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.

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Community Outreach through Police In Schools
August 2003