D.R.I.V.E (Defense Response Improving Vehicle Education) Teen Driving Program

D.R.I.V.E. is a comprehensive, two-day defensive driving program conducted by the School Resource Officers. Students will receive personal training from Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office driving instructors on the driving experience that directly correlates to the leading causes of teen crashes and fatalities.

The goal of D.R.I.V.E. focuses on educating teen drivers by increasing awareness of the adverse conditions and situations that contribute to teen crashes. Students will receive personal training from Sheriff’s office’s driving instructors both on the driving course and in the classroom.

The classroom portion covers driver responsibilities and liabilities, vehicle dynamics, distracted driving, intoxicating substances, driver’s license laws and restrictions and driving courtesy.

The driving course is hands-on defensive driving experience in a controlled environment with the emphasis on one-on-one instruction conducted in the student’s vehicle that develops safe driving skills.

Requirements include a valid driver’s license (No learner’s permits), a safe vehicle, proof of vehicle insurance and a D.R.I.V.E. registration form and release of liability.

 What is T.E.A.M.? (Teen Education Alcohol Management)

T.E.A.M. is a cooperative effort between the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers and Special Enforcement Bureau in conjunction with Rutherford County Court system. Using a two-prong method consisting of enforcement and education will provide a positive impact in deterring teen alcohol consumption.

The Enforcement Team consists of SEB and SRO’s whose responsibilities will be to enforce laws pertaining to underage purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Additionally, the enforcement team conducts investigations into those businesses that are selling to minors and prosecutes offenders who violate the law.

During the Sheriff’s Office previous underage alcohol intervention efforts, a consistent and valid concern by the merchants was the failure to address attempts by juveniles to purchase alcohol. By incorporating Cops In Shops and Third Party interventions this issue is pursued. Cops In Shops allows the store owner to have an undercover officer posing as an employee to observe the underage consumer commit the purchase of alcohol. During this time surveillance teams will observe from a discreet location in attempt to intervene with Third Party purchasers.

T.E.A.M. is a positive concept that is both proactive and reactive. Deterring sales to minors and educating teens on the dangers and consequences of alcohol consumption. Implementing the T.E.A.M. concept using the twp-pronged method would allow us to work from both ends to meet in the middle with a positive successful outcome.

 Operation Integrity

Operation Integrity is a highly structured intervention program for the Rutherford County youth who are exhibiting behavioral problems at home and/or at school or may be showing signs of drug use or experimentation. This is a performance-based program that emphasizes the values of personal accountability, team achievement and relationships, interpersonal skills, self-esteem, self-confidence, victim restitution, respect and empathy for others, and a positive work ethic. The camp is run one Saturday a month from 6:00am - 6:00pm, with additional follow-up sessions.


  • Age requirement: 12-16 years of age

  • No prior delinquent offense convictions

  • Less than three status convictions

  • An intake must be done prior to entering program to ensure appropriate placement

  • No prior suicide attempts or suicidal ideation

  • Parent/Guardian MUST attend parent component

  • $25 non-refundable registration fee


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