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. Donald Miller – Bridge Street Middle School
Sgt. Donald Miller is the lead Prevention Resource Officer for the Wheeling Police Department. Sgt. Miller joined WPD in October 1994 and has been assigned to Bridge Street Middle School as its PRO since the 2008 school year.
Sgt. Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from West Liberty University and a master’s degree in community counseling from West Virginia University. He also is a 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Basic Training Academy. Prior to the Wheeling PD, Sgt. Miller was part of the military police for the U.S. Air Force
During the school year, Sgt. Miller teaches hundreds of students in the Ohio County Schools system and serves as a mentor. Part of being a prevention resource officer, Sgt. Miller is certified to teach D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). As a PROs, he also teaches and facilitate safety classes at school, including: Drug Prevention, Internet Safety, Conflict Resolution, Being Responsible with Electronic Communications, Bully Prevention, Bicycle Safety Class, Character Education and other non-traditional classes.
Sgt. Miller serves as a team leader for the department’s Critical Incident Debriefing Team, and is a licensed professional counselor in West Virginia.
Sgt. William Criswell – Warwood Middle School
Sgt. Bill Criswell has been with the Wheeling Police Department since April 1995 and has served as a prevention resource officer since 2008.
Sgt. Criswell worked four years at Wheeling Park High School before his current assignment at Warwood Middle School in 2012 where he serves students from transitional kindergarten to eighth grade. Prior to being a PRO, he worked 9 years in the patrol division, followed by the traffic division for 4 years.
During the summer months, Sgt. Criswell assists with Wheeling Hospital’s Safety Town – where he is known as “Officer Bill.”
At Warwood he is a mentor to students, and teaches nontraditional classes such as the harm of tobacco and alcohol. He also co-facilitates the department’s D.A.R.E. program.
Sgt. Gregg Harris – Wheeling Middle School
Sgt. Gregg Harris has been the Prevention Resource Officer for Wheeling Middle School since March of 2017.
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.
Sgt. Gust Kepreos – Triadelphia Middle School
Sgt. Gust Kepreos has been the Prevention Resource Officer at Triadelphia Middle School since January of 2017. Prior to being a PRO, Sgt. Kepreos was part of the Wheeling Police Department’s patrol division as a shift supervisor.
Sgt. Kepreos joined the Wheeling Police Department in April 2004. He earned a degree in criminal justice and political science from West Liberty University and is a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield in 1990-91.
Since joining the department 14 years ago, Sgt. Kepreos has been a certified D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instructor and a taser instructor for the department.
At Triadelphia Middle, as a PRO, Sgt. Kepreos has day-to-day interaction with students – who call him “Officer Gust.” He serves as a mentor and counselor to students and teaches youths about anti-bulling, drug prevention and social media awareness.