Organized under the department’s Community Services Component, the Youth Liaison Unit provides for a safe and secure school environment while delivering a variety of benefits. Some of those include providing guidance and mentoring to faculty, parents and others persons associated with school safety operations.
Each middle school and high school has a School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to maintain a liaison with the parents and staff while elementary school officers additionally facilitate safety programs to the students. One such program called GRADE Program (Gang Resistance and Drug Education), offers a student safety curriculum to all elementary schools in the city. The GRADE program’s curriculum was developed by CSPD in 1996 and has since been since distributed to dozens of agencies both nationwide and internationally. The general tenets of the program are centered upon the importance of high self-esteem, showing respect towards others, conflict resolution, and Internet safety, as well as the dangers of gang affiliation and substance abuse.
In addition to their school duties, the Youth Liaison Unit Officers also facilitate a number of ancillary programs, to include but not limited to:
- Explorer Program
- Civil Citation Program – Harmony Program (JCCP)
- Runaway Program and Investigative Follow Up
- Graffiti Investigations
- Alcohol Abatement
- Juvenile Probation Sweep
- Teen Safe Driving Initiative
- Teen Anti-Smoking Education Program
- Prescription Pill Take Backs
- Mentorship Summer Leadership Program
- Child Lures – Elementary School
- Netsmartz – Elementary and Middle School
- SAFE and RAD Self Defense Programs
- Internet Safety Presentations
- Crime Prevention Topic Presentations
If you wish to contact your school’s SRO, please see the below listed contact information:
SUMMER BREAKSPOT PROGRAM:
Earn Community Service Hours While Working with the Coral Springs Police Department this Summer!
The Coral Springs Police are looking for student volunteers who are 15 and older to assist with the police-run Summer BreakSpot program. The six-week program provides food enrichment and safety to under served children between the ages of 6-11, who reside in the City of Coral Springs.
- Be willing to volunteer for at least two consecutive weeks of the program
- Complete and return necessary volunteer paperwork and be in good standing with the law
The program will be held at two locations, Coral Springs Elementary School and James S. Hunt Elementary School. Volunteer hours are from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm each day of the program:
June: 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
July: 3, 5, 10, 11, 12,17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26
For more information about the orientation, contact Officer Glenn Roberts at (954) 344-1835 or Officer Francis Capre (954) 346-1348.
Juvenile Civil Citation Program
The Juvenile Civil Citation Program (JCCP) provides an alternative to criminal prosecution for first-time offenders. Participants complete a six-week educational program and perform community service hours with local organizations. Young people who complete the program are not prosecuted. The program’s success rate is impressive, as 96% of all program graduates have not been re-arrested. For more information on this program, please call Officer Ashley Kozlowski, JCCP Coordinator at (954) 346-1296 or via e-mail – Akozlowski@coralsprings.org
School Crossing Guard Program
The City’s School Crossing Guard Program is through the Youth Liaison Unit using contracted services. Crossing guards are provided for elementary and middle school students. Please call Sergeant Glen Matonak for more information at 954-346-1746 or Gmatonak@coralsprings.org
The Youth Liaison Unit administration and supervision staff:Administrative Assistant, Debbie Hamilton, 954-346-1746, Dhamilton@coralsprings.org Sergeant Glen Matonak, 954-346-1267, Gmatonak@coralsprings.org
Sergeant William Capplis, 954-346-1216, Wcapplis@coralsprings.org
Captain George Soberon, 954-346-1746, Gsoberon@coralsprings.org