Welcome to the Barnstable County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
The Barnstable County Deputy Sheriffs' Association is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1989 to support programs for youth and seniors living on Cape Cod. The BCDSA sponsors programs that are educational, charitable and civic in nature to promote a positive environment for our youth and senior populations by preventing juvenile delinquency and crime, and by providing senior citizens with prosocial programs and educational information to avoid being a victim of crimes, frauds and abuse commonly targeted to the elderly.
The BCDSA Sponsored Programs
Gang Resistance Education and Training Program or G.R.E.A.T. Program
The violence prevention curriculum of the GREAT program teaches skills that help students avoid gangs, drugs, crime and their related violence. It does this by focusing on beliefs, patterns of behavior and other factors that help students avert destructive habits and criminal behavior. In addition to the GREAT Program we have two Deputy Sheriffs who are available to make presentations to any school or youth group on a wide variety of prevention subjects.
Summer Youth Academy
This 4-week summer program is a collaborative effort bringing together specially trained staff from correctional, educational, police and treatment facilities to provide a supportive environment for youth between the ages of 12 and 16. This intensive program is committed to helping youth achieve important physical, emotional and intellectual developmental goals. The program’s focus is on self-control, respect, teamwork, integrity, communication and decision-making skills.
Summer Youth Academy Bring Awareness & Reality to Students (B.A.R.S.)
The BARS program is offered to local school districts and police departments to expose students to the consequences of crime and the harsh realities of prison life. Students taking criminal law, criminology or criminal justice classes are brought into the Barnstable County Correctional Facility for a tour with their class and teachers. This tour provides students with the visual understanding of the day-to-day living conditions for inmates and the operations of a correctional facility. The BARS program presents local schools with the opportunity to provide a forum for BCSO staff and inmates to discuss with students the consequences of alcohol and drug use, violence and crime. The program is designed to eliminate false impressions of jail life and the consequences of the choices they make on a daily basis.
Senior Citizen Care & Safety Initiatives
These programs provide seniors with information on a variety of subjects including the latest in scams and crimes that target seniors. The program also teaches helpful skills in emergency preparedness and sheltering options for elder residents through quarterly presentations at all 15 Cape Senior Centers. In addition to these educational presentations, we also participate in the Cape & Elder Abuse Coalition which meets monthly with the goal of educating personnel who have regular contact with seniors on how to recognize and identify elder physical and emotional abuse, financial exploitation, neglect and abandonment, and the correct steps for reporting such incidents to Cape Cod Elder Services. These important educational presentations for our Cape Seniors are always very well received.