The Juvenile Section consists of three officers: one certified GREAT Officer and two School Resource Officers. The Juvenile Section ended the DARE Program two years ago and shifted to a more modern and relevant course of instruction, the GREAT Program.
The acronym, GREAT, stands for Gang Resistance Education And Training and deals with drug, alcohol use, school violence, bullying and gang education and awareness. The GREAT Officer, Cpl. Konnick, instructs a six week classroom course with all fifth graders and follow up with a thirteen week classroom course with all sixth graders at William Henry Middle School. The focus of the course instruction is an anti-gang, anti-drug and anti-violence approach to making good and healthy choices. In addition, Cpl. Konnick maintains a highly visible presence in all 17 schools that are located in the city limits of Dover.
The School Resource Officer (SRO) program is in its eighth year thanks to a partnership between the Dover Police Department and the Capital School District. MCpl. Hester is assigned to Central Middle School and Cpl. Stevenson is assigned to Dover High School as the SROs. SROs regularly teach various classes regarding health and safety issues. In addition to patrolling the school grounds and attending after school functions, such as sports events and student dances, all Juvenile Section Officers are involved in extracurricular events throughout the year. The events are held in different locations in the city and are focused on positive interaction with children and teenagers. The Juvenile Section Officers strive to build and maintain a positive rapport with all of the students in the Capital School District and the children that reside in our community. The Juvenile Section also handles criminal complaints throughout the year involving juvenile related crimes.