Students Overcoming Situations

The Greensboro Police Foundation is essential to our community programs and initiatives that engage our community. Their support and partnership have help fund the therapy dog and other aspects of our Students Overcoming Situation (SOS) Program. This program is designed to help connect officers and kids to learn about safety while building a relationship.

— Office of Community Engagement
Greensboro Police Department

Students Overcoming Situations is a program developed by the Office of Community Engagement within the Greensboro Police Department. The purpose of the program is to teach elementary-school students how to be safe while at the same time creating positive connections between Greensboro police officers and the children that they serve and protect. Every week for six weeks, officers go into five elementary schools selected by Guilford County Schools and teach third- and fifth-graders about safety. The sessions cover myriad situations, everything from how to deal with a bully to pedestrian safety.

What really makes this program stand out is its mascot, K9 Porter, an adorable Aussiedoodle therapy dogs. It is unfortunate but true that many children do not have positive concepts of police officers. When a police officer walks into a classroom accompanied by K9 Porter, children’s anxieties are relieved and barriers are broken. It is at that point that positive relationships between police officers and children can begin to grow. We’d like to thank Volvo Trucks North America and Riding High Harley-Davidson for their sponsorship of K9 Porter and sustained support of the SOS program.

Help us fund Students Over Coming Situations for the 2020-2021 school year.

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