Current Educational Programs
B ~ Body – lessons concerning building a healthy body.
U ~ Unity – establishing teamwork and working together.
I ~ Inner self – concerning self-qualities, happiness and awareness
L ~ Leadership – encouraging teamwork
D ~ Development – enhancing personal conduct skills
Camp B.U.I.L.D. is an annual month-long day camp program for the month of June that is for children and pre-teens in the Olive Branch community. It is influential to all the campers by establishing more stability and accountability to their lives helping them development better life skills. They are offered a positive and disciplined environment encouraging and motivating them daily to avoid any delinquent activity. It gives them the knowledge to resist the temptation to experiment or use harmful substance such as tobacco, alcohol, and other illicit drugs. Participants are able to establish stronger relationships with dedicated police officer instructors showing them they truly care about their physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being.
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
This is an annual two-month program that is taught to all 6th grade students by a designated O.B. School Resource Officer that is D.A.R.E. instructor certified. The D.A.R.E. officer / instructor equips the students with up to date educational information about the dangers and harmful effects of using Alcohol, Tobacco and other addictive substances. The students are challenged to stand up against the temptations to use these substances giving them the ability to make wise choices.
P.R.O.T.E.C.T. (Police Officers Reaching Out Together Encouraging and Challenging Teens – To be Tomorrow’s Leaders)
P.R.O.T.E.C.T. like the L.E.A.D. program is a long-term mentoring program except it is for teenage boys and girls ages 14-17. Candidates are identified by school counselors from our city’s middle school and high school that are in need of social & emotional support. The P.R.O.T.E.C.T. volunteer officer helps in various areas providing stability, guidance, and encouragement while serving as a mentor and role model for their teen.
L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Assisting and Directing today’s youth for tomorrow)
L.E.A.D. is a department sponsored long –term mentoring program for boys and girls ages 8-13. Candidates are identified by school counselors from our city’s four elementary schools. These children are in need of guidance, support, and character building. An O.B. police officer who chooses to serve in this program is dedicated to invest in their assigned child which includes monthly group activities that greatly affects their self-esteem and self-worth. The L.E.A.D. officer’s time and efforts helps produce a lasting positive impact!