Prevention Resource Officers (PROs) address numerous issues in regards to safety within their respective schools. PROs review, update and improve, where possible, the existing school’s emergency response plans. Safety, Education and Mentoring are our main goals.
PROs teach an array of non-traditional education lesson plans to students in the class room. Officers teach approved curriculum such as Drug Prevention, Conflict Resolution, Internet Safety, Being Responsible with Electronic Communications and other approved topics.
PROs address numerous student behaviors. In addition to confronting dangerous or criminal behavior at school, officers confront disruptive and inappropriate student behaviors to promote safety and to preserve the learning process. Officers also build a healthy and respectful relationship with all students. PRO Officers are prepared to move forward with criminal complaints upon adults who have endangered children through offenses of abuse or neglect. Officers are also prepared to assist in addressing status offenses such as truancy. Officers collaborate with numerous outside agencies and organizations to promote delinquency prevention.
Prevention Resource Officers can also address those sensitive student issues which expand beyond the scope of the school’s authority. PROs can move with the full weight and force of state authority and address those student issues regarding abuse, neglect or other criminal activity.
Meet the Wheeling PD's Prevention Resource Officers:
Sgt. Gregg Harris – Wheeling Middle School
Sgt. Gregg Harris has been the Prevention Resource Officer for Wheeling Middle School since March of 2017. He became the lead PRO for Wheeling PD in 2020.
Prior to becoming a PRO, Sgt. Harris spent 7 years as a detective in the investigations division, and was a Field Training Officer for new hires.
He joined the Wheeling Police Department in November 2004 and graduated from the West Virginia State Police Academy in August 2005.
Sgt. Harris is certified as a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instructor. He previously served on the department’s crash and reconstruction team and was a former member of the SWAT team. He also is a liaison to Wheeling Hospital’s Safety Town and the Junior Police and Fire Academy in the summer months.