County Programs


Character Education:  The Character Education Initiativeimplemented in all Rutherford County schoolshelps to developasafe and nurturing school climatewhich provides an educational environment that encourages and enables each student to develop to his/her potential.  Training and support is provided to schools in their efforts to implement and sustain a school-wide character education program.  Additionally, schoolscollect data in a year-end report regarding the effectiveness of their individualized character education program.

Safe Schools Committees – Each school has a team of 4-6 members which create and facilitate implementation of various initiatives that promote a healthy school climate.  These committees address issues that are unique to their school population and along with all staff members, work to encourage an atmosphere of respect and caring for all students and stakeholders.

Jason Foundation – All certified staff members working for Rutherford County Schools are required to complete 2 hours of training each year through the Jason Foundation.  This suicide prevention teacher awareness training provides the knowledge and resources necessary to help identify and provide support for at-risk youth.

Tennessee Schools: PREPARE – This program prepares schools to offer students, staff and parents immediate and effective assistance in the aftermath of a school crises.  The goal of PREPARE is to mitigate the long-term emotional suffering of survivors and restore a supportive and productive learning environment.  School personnel are trained in creating realistic, useful and accessible crises response plans.

Protecting You, Protecting Me:  This curriculum is recognized by the state department of education as an effective resource for alcohol and drug education for elementary students.  School counselors are utilizing this curriculum throughout their counseling programs. 

LifeSkills Training:  This curriculum is recognized by the state department of education as an effective resource for violence prevention and alcohol and drug education for upper elementary and middle school students.  School counselors are utilizing this curriculum throughout their counseling programs. 

No Bullying:  This curriculum is recognized by the state department of education as an effective resource for bullying and violence prevention education for elementary students.  School counselors are utilizing this curriculum throughout their counseling programs. 

STARS: (Students Taking a Right Stand):  STARS, a national, not-for-profit organization is dedicated to helping students make healthy lifestyle choices and refrain from the use of alcohol, other drugs and violence.  The STARS program also addresses the many other adolescent and teenage personal and social issues that affect students today.  STARS specialists serve severalmiddle and high schools in Rutherford County Schools.  Students can refer themselves to the STARS Program or can be referred by a parent, teacher, or other school staff.  The STARS Program is coordinated by the Student Services Department.


SRO Programs
Collision Avoidance Training: A program proven to reduce your teen driver chances of being involved in a wreck of any severity level. Real-life driving simulations in a safe and controlled environment designed to mimic situations young drivers encounter daily on our roads. A program proven effective during the past eight years in reducing crashes, injuries and deaths involving teenage drivers. This twelve hour program is held over a two day period beginning Friday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30 PM. Saturday morning teens report to the driving range where they receive hands on, behind-the-wheel training in a one-on-one setting with certified instructors. The “Collision Avoidance Training” program is designed to equip your son or daughter with skills and specific techniques to help them survive today’s hectic driving environment.

T.E.A.M. (Teen Education Alchohol Management): T.E.A.M. is a cooperative effort between the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers and Special Enforcement Bureau in conjunction with Rutherford County Court system. Using a two-prong method consisting of enforcement and education will provide a positive impact in deterring teen alcohol consumption.

The Enforcement Team consists of SEB and SRO’s whose responsibilities will be to enforce laws pertaining to underage purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Additionally, the enforcement team conducts investigations into those businesses that are selling to minors and prosecutes offenders who violate the law.

During the Sheriff’s Office previous underage alcohol intervention efforts, a consistent and valid concern by the merchants was the failure to address attempts by juveniles to purchase alcohol. By incorporating Cops In Shops and Third Party interventions this issue is pursued. Cops In Shops allows the store owner to have an undercover officer posing as an employee to observe the underage consumer commit the purchase of alcohol. During this time surveillance teams will observe from a discreet location in attempt to intervene with Third Party purchasers.

T.E.A.M. is a positive concept that is both proactive and reactive. Deterring sales to minors and educating teens on the dangers and consequences of alcohol consumption. Implementing the T.E.A.M. concept using the twp-pronged method would allow us to work from both ends to meet in the middle with a positive successful outcome.

Operation Integrity:  Operation Integrity is a highly structured intervention program for the Rutherford County youth who are exhibiting behavioral problems at home and/or at school or may be showing signs of drug use or experimentation. This is a performance-based program that emphasizes the values of personal accountability, team achievement and relationships, interpersonal skills, self-esteem, self-confidence, victim restitution, respect and empathy for others, and a positive work ethic. The camp is run one Saturday a month from 6:00am - 6:00pm, with additional follow-up sessions.

radKIDS®:  is the national leader in children's safety, with headquarters based in South Dennis, Massachussetts. radKIDS® is brought to children and parents by the training and development of nationally certified instructors drawn from their own communities. By empowering a community with certified local instructors, the radKIDS® Personal Empowerment Safety Education package is not just a program but a true gift to the community. radKIDS® curriculum topics include:

  • Home, School and Vehicle Safety

  • Out and About Safety

  • Realistic Defense Against Abduction

  • Good-Bad-Uncomfortable Touch and more.

  • Stranger Tricks (including Physical Defense against Abduction)

  • Self-realization of personal power

S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violence Everywhere) is a student driven organization. Students learn about alternatives to violence and practice what they learn through school and community service projects. As they participate in SAVE activities, students learn crime prevention and conflict management skills and the virtues of good citizenship, civility, and nonviolence.  For more information, please visit National