ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department’s School Resource Officers (SRO’s) wish to inform the public of their 2015 spring initiative to prevent and reduce juvenile crime. This will include preventing drug and alcohol related offenses among both middle and high school students through saturation patrols and education. The initiative begins May 15, 2015 and continues through the conclusion of school on June 18, 2015.
The Department will conduct extra patrols during after school hours and on weekends. This includes extra patrols at malls, parks and recreation centers. Additionally, there will be a larger police presence at high schools and during community events.
“This initiative encourages positive interaction between officers and the students of Arlington County,” says School Resource Officer Supervisor, Lt. Ron Files. “Our goal is to provide a safe environment in the school communities by using crime prevention strategies and utilizing enforcement measures.”
With prom season in full swing, SRO’s are collaborating with local high schools to focus on alcohol use prevention and awareness programs. Programs such as “Drive to Stay Alive” and “Prom Promise” will be used to educate students in having a safe and fun prom season. The presence of additional officers will be to provide positive guidance to students and to act as positive role models both inside and outside the school environment.