VTV Partners With Virginia Tech to Develop a National Training Model for SROs

CENTREVILLE, Va. — The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) has awarded a $496,340 grant to VTV Family Outreach Foundation to design a school resource officer (SRO) training curriculum.

The primary objective of the SRO training development is to expand the knowledge base for SROs and those that select, hire, train, and manage them in order to set a national standard for their role in school safety. The long-term outcomes include the creation and enhancement of safe schools that promote a supportive and inclusive climate that address safety issues with both proactive and reactive intervention.

VTV will partner with Virginia Tech’s Center for Applied Behavior Systems to incorporate the Actively Caring for People (AC4P) framework, based on behavioral and psychological science, to promote compassion and interdependence in educational settings.

“We are honored to work with the VTV Family Outreach Foundation to collaboratively provide a school safety model that aims to cultivate an Actively Caring for People culture in schools,” said Dr. E. Scott Geller, Alumni-Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech. “Together, we can empower all stakeholders to use research-based strategies in order to reduce conflict and violence.”

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