Enforcement Teaching Students (L.E.T.S.) was developed for
Dallas area schools as a joint
between the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas
School District. The program is taught at two grade
fourth grade, which consists
visits and at the elementary exit grade (fifth or sixth),
consisting of six classroom visits. Fourth grade is an age
appropriate curriculum that
and begins to discuss material that is later reinforced in the
exit grade session. Repeating the skills taught
reemphasizes the importance of these
helps students retain these skills. It is in these late grade
school years that students are becoming vulnerable to negative
Yet, the students are still receptive to learning and are
beginning to make lifestyle decisions based on that learning.
selected and trained Police Officers of the
Community Services Bureau
teach the program in the
setting. No assemblies or combining of classes is permitted.
Cooperative learning, group work, and role-playing are used to
deliver the curriculum. Students also use a workbook to enhance
and reinforce learning.
L.E.T.S. is a “Life Skills” program. Four core
skills are taught at both grade levels:
Self-Confidence - is often taken for
granted. Students are taught how to obtain it, nurture it,
and use positive self-confidence as a tool against situations
that are harmful or unhealthy.
Conflict Management - is crucial in today’s
society. Communication skills are the focus and students are
taught to work towards solutions to reduce conflict.
Decision Making - is something we all do
daily. It is important that we have the skills necessary to
make correct decisions. Students are taught a simple process
to use when making decisions, especially when friends are
Peer Pressure Reversal - is essential.
Second only to media, the greatest influence on children, are
other children. Students are taught simple skills to resist
negative peer pressure and are taught ways to encourage
positive peer pressure.
Another important component of the L.E.T.S.
curriculum is character education. Six core character values;
Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Fairness, Trustworthy, and Good
Citizenship are discussed.
techniques used by the media to lure consumers to their products
are also discussed. Television and other forms of media have the
greatest influence on children age 9-12 years old. This is
extremely important since two of the three Gateway Drugs; alcohol
and tobacco are heavily advertised and glamorized in the different
forms of the media.
rules, and the role of police are discussed. This establishes an
understanding on the part of the students that law enforcement
representatives are a source of information and help. It is this
belief that enables the officer to present the curriculum in a way
that can make a difference in the lives of children.
violence, illegal and unhealthy behaviors have become serious
problems that impact all segments of society. The consequences
are tragic and pervasive. These activities destroy families and
affect the physical and mental health of users and victims. It is
activities such as these that are the catalysts triggering much of
the criminal activity plaguing society. We believe prevention
through education is one of the most effective strategies to
address these problems.
education has modified attitudes about drunken driving and the
dangers of tobacco. The same can be done with drug use, violence,
and other unhealthy or illegal behaviors. The key to long term
success is reaching young people with meaningful educational
messages before they face difficult choices.
The success of
the L.E.T.S. Program comes from the teaching of life skills, the
dedication of the L.E.T.S. instructors, school administrators,
classroom teachers, and the total involvement of the students in
their own learning. Police Departments, Schools and Churches, nor
Families alone can solve the problems that plague our
communities. However, together, as a community, we can make a
difference in changing the attitudes of our children toward drugs,
violence, and other illegal or unhealthy lifestyles.
The Humble ISD Police Department and the Humble Independent School
District are mutually committed to help prevent negative behaviors
among students by developing and implementing specially-designed,
age appropriate curricula that teaches life-long skills of
decision-making, negative peer pressure reversal techniques,
problem solving, conflict management and character education.
provide life skills information/training/ resources to be
integrated into existing fourth and elementary exit grade
establish an understanding on the part of students that law
enforcement representatives are a source of information and
equip our youth with skills for recognizing and resisting peer
pressure, which leads to negative behavior;
- To help
students develop communication and other interpersonal skills
that promotes healthy, positive lifestyles.
Need more information? Contact
Corporal Erica Journet at 281-641-7900
Humble ISD Police
341 Charles Street
Telephone: 281-641-7900 Fax: 281-540-5276
Police Chief: Solomon