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Info for Principals

Now more than ever, we all need to work together to foster positive relationships between cops and kids.  If your school is not already doing so, please consider participating in the Do The Right Thing Program (DTRT) which recognizes and rewards the positive accomplishments of your students in conjunction with local law enforcement.  By SIMPLY designating a member of your staff to serve as the DTRT Coordinator for your school and having him/her encourage staff to nominate, your students will receive T-shirts and other incentives delivered directly to your school at no cost to you!


Each month, we hope that many children from Vanceboro are nominated by teachers, counselors,  and police officers for the Do The Right Thing Award on the basis of their exemplary behavior and attitude. Monthly finalists are named and an overall monthly winner receive recognition and assorted certificates, letters and prizes.   

In order to reach as many children as possible and reinforce their positive behavior, EACH STUDENT NOMINATED FROM YOUR SCHOOL receives a certificate and a congratulatory letter from the Town of Vanceboro and the Chief of Police and a t-shirt.  All winners other prizes at our Quarterly-(12 week cycle) awards ceremonies at your school or other venue if needed.  

Again, all you have to do is designate a counselor or other member of your staff to serve as your school’s coordinator.  The coordinator is responsible for encouraging participation in our program at your school and MOST IMPORTANTLY, getting teachers and staff to nominate students.  

We also encourage you to further recognize youngsters at your school for “doing the right thing” by acknowledging them within the school itself.   Make space available on a central bulletin board to salute the monthly Do The Right Thing nominees and congratulate them during daily PA announcements.  Have a Do The Right Thing Day each month and invite nominees to wear their T-shirts.  Honor finalists selected from your school during school assemblies. Help us get our message across: “Good kids are newsworthy, positive behavior is noticed, and police officers care!”

If you have any questions, would like further information or want to share your ideas about the program, please feel free to call me at 252-244-0440 or e-mail us at


Jared A. Keys
Chief of Police

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