ESSP provides instruction in bicycle and pedestrian safety, bullying, drug, tobacco and gang awareness and prevention, firearm safety, and building self-esteem. It also provides instruction in Internet safety, problem solving, media influences, conflict resolution, and juvenile law. These subjects are presented in every classroom, from kindergarten to fifth grade, over a 36-week school year. These subjects are presented in a literacy-based format that satisfies the District's literacy requirements.
The goal of ESSP is to provide comprehensive safety education through positive police presence in every elementary school within the City of San Diego. The mission of ESSP is:
"The San Diego Police Department in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District is dedicated to promoting safety, health, education, cultural awareness, good character, and leadership skills. It is our mission to help young people improve their lives by building self-esteem, and developing good values and skills during critical years of growth."
The ESSP curriculum is summarized below:
In addition to the five cores, there are three elective lessons. These elective lessons are selected based on the needs of the school, students, and the surrounding community. Additionally, ESSP gives officer-instructors the flexibility to arrange topics in the order that best fits the needs of the school and the surrounding community. It also allows the officer to replace one topic with another to address a current event, such as a school gun incident.