In crime prevention, there is no more important task than keeping the next generation from slipping into a life of crime, and here at the Spartanburg Police Department, we take our responsibility to be a presence in the lives of our city's young people very seriously. Whether its educating school children about the dangers of gangs, or giving teens interested in law enforcement careers a chance for real-world experience, our department always strives to be a positive influence in the lives of our city's youth.
Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.)
The G.R.E.A.T. Program is a school-based, officer-instructed classroom curriculum designed to help prevent today's children from becoming tomorrow's gang members. By focusing on teaching skills to help students avoid using violence to solve problems, the program helps to reduce delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership in our community. The G.R.E.A.T. Program offers a variety of lessons for both students and their families.
The Officer Friendly program seeks to humanize children's perceptions of police officers and their work, improve rapport between children and police, increase awareness of safety and civic responsibility, and reduce crime involving children. The program involves visits by police officers to school classrooms and follow up activities conducted by teachers.
School Resource Officers
School Resource Officers help students see another, humanizing side of police officers that some otherwise might not be accustomed to. The officers serve as liaisons between the police department and the schools in which they serve, educating and advising students in those schools. All resource officers carry an additional certification through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in order to work within the schools.
Our Kid Identification program offers piece of mind to parents, should the unthinkable ever happen, and their child go missing. We use a state-of-the-art computer system to record vital information on each child, including height, weight, hair color, blood type, allergies, date of birth, and parental information. Additionally, we take a digital picture and scan the child’s fingerprints. The information is then copied onto a CD and given to the parent or guardian of the child. None of the information taken is kept by our department.
Law Enforcement Explorers
Law Enforcement Explorers is a worksite-based program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade, but are under 21. Law Enforcement Explorer posts help young people interested in law enforcement careers gain insight through hands-on experience in a variety of programs and activities. The Explorers program provides experiential learning as well as plenty of fun-filled activities designed to promote the growth and development of each young person.