School Based Programs
To provide security for county high schools and middle schools, and to provide drug and child-abuse education programs to school children of selected grade levels.
School Based Programs - School Resource Officers, D.A.R.E., C.A.R.E., and Junior Sheriff's Academy.
Child Abuse Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.)
C.A.R.E., founded in Randolph County in 1992, stands for Child Abuse Reduction Effort. Specially trained, uniformed law enforcement officers teach the 12-week program. Through C.A.R.E. second grade students, their teachers and parents all learn to identify what abuse is. The curriculum is well designed and expertly taught.
All involved support C.A.R.E.! Principals, teachers, students, parents, grandparents, and law enforcement officers-all believe in C.A.R.E.
The bond of trust that develops between the C.A.R.E. Officers and students is phenomenal, it is the key to C.A.R.E. effectiveness. Children learn from skilled, caring experts in an atmosphere of trust and honesty. This program has proven to really work. According to the statistics from the North Carolina Department of Human Resources, Division of Social Services and Randolph County Department of Social Services, child abuse dropped three years straight.
Second grade students really love C.A.R.E., not just because of the teaching materials, such as drawing, coloring, playing games, singing songs or even Carey the puppet, but because of the sincere concern of the C.A.R.E. Officer. It was once said…. "It is better to build a child than repair a broken man or woman."
The enthusiasm of students, parents, teachers, and principals is equaled if not exceeded by that of the C.A.R.E. Officer. In training, they are challenged to professionalism, commitment to C.A.R.E. and a commitment to young people. As C.A.R.E. Officers, they not only believe in it, they live it.
"We believe and hope that the C.A.R.E. program can be a learning tool to teach children about child abuse. This program promotes wellness and safety through several teaching strategies. It gives the child the means to recognize what abuse is, it lets the child know that they have a right to feel safe at all times and gives the child a network of trusted adults to tell if abuse does occur. The program is also used as a deterrent to any possible abuser because they are aware that the child has gained the knowledge through C.A.R.E. to help protect themselves." Former Sheriff Litchard D. Hurley, Founder
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)
Since 1987, the Randolph County Sheriff's Office has been pleased to provide this valuable course of instruction to all Randolph County Fifth grade students. Project D.A.R.E. is a cooperative effort between the Randolph County Sheriff's Office and the Randolph County Board of Education. Project D.A.R.E. is a program designed to teach the students how to "SAY NO" to illegal drugs and pressures placed upon them by peers, based upon reason rather than internal and external forces.
Project D.A.R.E. teaches the children how to weigh negative and positive consequences, how to build good self-esteem, recognize and deal with peer type pressures and much more. These are all very important factors that the child will face in the upcoming years that will surely have an influence on his or her life. We must not lose sight of our younger generation. As the saying goes, "Our young people of today will be our leaders of tomorrow." Let us join together and afford them the vital opportunity they need to live in a drug free society. This is project D.A.R.E. Thank you for your support.
Junior Sheriff's Academy
The Randolph County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications until May 12, 2023. Special Needs JSA applications need to be turned in by June 1, 2022.
We are looking for Middle School and High School, male and female students, between the ages of 12 and 15 that have an interest in the Law Enforcement Profession. Students will experience Rappelling, Team Building, Swift Water Rescue, Shooting, Evasive Driving and Basic Law Enforcement training with the Junior Sheriff's Academy this summer! To be eligible, you must attend a school in Randolph County. Transportation and meals are provided, and there is no cost to Cadets. See your SRO For more details and information!
We are also looking for Middle School and High School EC students between the ages of 12 and 15 that have an interest in meeting and spending the day with Randolph County First Responders. Students will experience canine demonstration, the SWAT Unit, the Motor Unit, great food and more. The date has been set for August 18, 2023, from 9-1.
You must reside in Randolph County to attend.
See your School Resource Officer to sign up today!
Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)
School Resource Officers
School Resource Officers provide security for all High School and Middle Schools. They are there to keep order and to help students with other problems that they might encounter.