Correctional Officers Protecting and Educating Students (COPES)

Yolonda Evans
Public Information Officer
13400 Dille Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
301-952-7018 (Phone) | 301-952-7285 (Fax) (Email)

What is COPES?

COPES graphic The Prince George’s County Department of Corrections along with the Prince George’s Correctional Officers Association (PGCOA) have partnered in establishing a relationship with local schools in Prince George’s County to help students. COPES is a program that was developed to assist students with the most pressing issues they are faced with in today’s society and their community.

The primary goal of this program is to aid and support the students of the Prince George’s County School System by proactively educating and teaching them about the growing problems, and consequences surrounding drug use, gang affiliations, peer pressure, etc. We believe that mentoring and helping young people today may avert their involvement in the Criminal Justice System tomorrow.

The Department of Correction’s staff visits the school(s) once a week for approximately six weeks. The staff prepares curriculum material to discuss with them an in-class one-hour instructional session.

The COPES program is designed to aid support the Prince George’s County Public School System by proactively educating and teaching students about the problems of drug abuse, gang affiliations and peer pressure. The program targets mainly elementary school-age children. Department of Corrections employees donate their time to go into the schools and provide students with one-on-one interaction regarding their experiences in the criminal justice system.

Previous Schools Served by the COPES Program: 

  • Glenridge Elementary, Landover Hills, Maryland
  •  Barnaby Manor Elementary, Oxon Hill, Maryland