Randolph County Sheriff’s Office

Robert R. Elbon, Jr., Sheriff

Children’s Programs

Randolph County Sheriff’s Office

Helping Kids Reach Their Best Potential in Randolph County, WV

To promote public safety and uphold justice, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office works hard every day to help give kids the tools they need to say no to drugs, make better choices, and stay safe. We eagerly partner with parents, schools, and other organizations to inform, educate, and provide youth the best possible chance of success in school and in life. Research shows that the best way to prevent crime is early intervention. Our kids matter. That is why we have developed a variety of programs designed to keep children safe and help them thrive so they can reach their best potential in Randolph County, WV.

Children Programs

Pro Officers Program

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Pro Officers Program is our comprehensive in-school surveillance and safety monitoring program. The program enables our specially trained law enforcement officers to rapidly identify any potential matters affecting a particular school or issues involving certain students, as well as any general concerns. A Pro Officer is assigned to every school in Randolph County. The Pro Officer is directed to develop a relationship with each child by talking with them and sitting with them at lunchtime while collecting information from the children, as well as support staff, teachers, and the principal of each school, several times each month.

Drug Awareness For Children And Schools

Drug-free Lifestyle Alternatives

Educating the children about drug-free lifestyle alternatives is a priority for the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. We plan to continue promoting an anti-drug and anti-bullying message throughout Randolph County.

New D.A.R.E. Program Expansion

Additional funding is being pursued to expand access to the new and improved Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.). The updated curriculum of this federally funded program is designed to deliver information to children as young as 5 about depression, vaping, and the misuse of opioids, over the counter and prescription drugs, in addition to the classic program (which helps children learn more about prohibited street drugs, gang membership, and violent behavior). The children will gain decision-making skills to help them avoid these pitfalls.

Child Safety Resources

West Virginia Child Safety Seat Law

All children up to age 8 must be properly secured in a federally approved Child Safety or Booster Seat.

If the child reaches 4’9” tall before their 8th birthday, then a seatbelt is legally sufficient.

It is recommended that all children under age 12 ride in the back seat.

TIPS: Keeping Children Safe Online

1. Talk to your kids about what they’re doing online.

2. Talk to your children about the implications of providing personal information.

3. Help your kids understand what information is should stay private.

4. Understand each website’s information practices.