Providing a Physically Safe Environment for Learning
The Office of School Security works with other agencies to make sure that schools provide a physically safe environment for learning. Their goal is to prevent criminal activity in and around schools, to investigate incidents, and to coordinate an effective response to serious misbehavior or crime.
The following people work together to provide security:
The DCPS security team coordinates the work of DCPS employees, Metropolitan Police Department officers, and school security officers in order to provide a safe environment in which our children can learn and grow. They also strive to ensure that all adults who work with students model as much as possible our overall approach to student behavior and discipline.
Metropolitan Police officers in schools perform regular police duties. They are specially trained to work with young people. They work to foster positive relationships with people in schools, prevent criminal activity and respond quickly and effectively in emergency situations.
Contract Security Officers work in our schools on a contract managed by MPD, with the Principal and staff to make sure that students are physically safe at all times.
They conduct security patrols throughout the building and grounds. They monitor cafeterias, auditoriums, hallways, stairwells, restrooms, entrances and exits. They provide security at athletic events, social gatherings, group assemblies and other approved school activities.
If you see something illegal or unsafe at your school, your child’s school, or any school, call the UCC at 202-576-6950 or 6953.
School Security Services