Youth Crime Prevention

Preventing crime by reaching out to the next generation

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.


Our Programs:

Officer Friendly

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.


Contact Us

For more information on any of our youth crime prevention programs, please contact Lt. Daniel Gordon by email or by phone at (864) 596-2096.



Activity Book

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