In 2014 the Urbandale Police Department introduced the Culture of Integrity program at the Urbandale Middle School to develop and maintain communication with today’s youth. Due to its success, the program expanded in 2015 and is now taught at St. Pius Catholic School, Des Moines Christian School as well as the Urbandale Middle School. Sixth graders take part in the Culture of Integrity program led by an Urbandale Police Officer(s) . The program begins with each student taking a pretest which provides the police department, school administration and the student a baseline for the programs future needs. Additionally students are provided with a workbook to assist them with following along with the presentations. The workbook can also be utilized as a study guide for the programs post test. The program currently focuses on four core topics: Bullying, Social Media, Personal Safety through Making Good Choices, and Keys to Success. Once the four core topics have been covered, Urbandale High School students are brought in for a mentor day. Mentors express the importance of why character counts, integrity and what it means to them. The day is ended with the mentors covering peer pressure and assisting in the proctoring of the post test. The program is concluded with a graduation day where students are given a Culture of Integrity t-shirt and offered a snack or meal at no cost.
In the future we will be seeking opportunities to expand the program to other area schools and will select a few of our outstanding Culture of Integrity students to assist us with improving the community we live in through volunteering and promoting a culture of integrity along the way.