Formed in 2005, the Adopt-a-School program is designed for students, faculty, and the Valparaiso Police Department to form a partnership with each other. Through the program, officers become familiar with the building, faculty, and students. When officers spend time with the students, they build positive relationships at a young age. These types of relationships can last a lifetime for both officers and students.
Officers receive a designated school and, routinely throughout the school year, visit students during lunch periods and recess. The visits are made throughout the week and encourage students to visit with the officer and ask many questions.
Officers are available to conduct safety lectures during class time at a teacher’s request. The Valparaiso Police Adopt-a-School Program not only helps form connections between law enforcement and the schools, it also keeps our children safer by having additional patrol officers present at times throughout the school day.
Currently, several dedicated officers have adopted each of the city’s eight elementary schools. Officer Shannon Morris oversees the program and assists the middle schools and the high school.
For additional information about the Adopt-a-School program, just ask us.