Campus Safety Officers (CSO)

The Campus Safety Officers (CSO) Division consists of 90 Campus Safety Officers, 4 Sergeants, 1 Lieutenant, and 1 Commander staffing K-8, Charter, Middle, High, and Intensive Pathway Schools throughout DPS. The primary function of a CSO is to intervene and prevent or resolve potential or actual disruptive activity and provide proactive protection for the students, staff and visitors at assigned schools within the District.  In addition, the CSO Division provides quality security services in positive working relationships with our community partners and designated District facilities.  The CSO Division supports other DPS Divisions by assisting with and responding to critical incidents throughout the District and ensuring their partnerships with the Crossing Guard Program, Traffic Safety Task Force, and Safe Routes 2 School Coalition needs are being met through effective communication and follow through.

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The City and County of Denver provides funding for salaries and equipment for 40 crossing guards at District Schools.  Interested individuals apply for the positions through the District’s Human Resources Department’s hiring process.  The CSO Division’s supervision team oversees the school assignments, and the Operations Division assists with training the crossing guards assigned to schools.

Currently chaired by Denver Public Health, the coalition held its first meeting in October 2007 and established the vision and goals of the program.

Safe Routes to Schools Information

The coalition’s vision: To ensure every child in Denver can walk and bike to school safely.

The coalition’s goal: To establish a Denver Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan.

The CSO Division’s supervision team represents the department at this coalition’s quarterly meetings.

The Denver Safe Routes 2 School Coalition consists of many partners including several departments of Denver Public Schools, The Mayor’s Office for Education and Children, Denver Office of Aging, Department of Environmental Health, Denver Public Works, Community Planning and Development, Denver City Council, Denver Public Health, Safe Kids Metro Denver, Denver Fire Department, Denver Police Department, Colorado Department of Transportation, State Representatives, Neighborhood Associations, and a number of private and public organizations. The Coalition serves as a centralized point for information sharing.

The CSO Division’s supervision team represents the department on this task force.  The task force consists of representatives from the District’s Transportation and Risk Management Departments, the City and County of Denver’s Traffic Engineering Department, Parking Enforcement Division, and the Denver Police Department’s Traffic Bureau and police district Community Resource Officers.  Currently chaired by the Traffic Engineering Department, the task force meets twice annually before school starts in the fall and before schools resumes after winter break.  Task force members work closely with individual school administrators to address pedestrian and traffic safety concerns, school bus stopping and parking, right -of-way signage and signaling, and traffic and pedestrian safety education and enforcement.

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