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CHARACTER COUNTS! San Ramon Police DepartmentThe CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition is a partnership of more than 500 national, regional and local organizations committed to the CHARACTER COUNTS! strategy and joined together in a collaborative effort to improve the character of young people.

The San Ramon Police Department has joined the Coalition with a belief that as a department and a community, it is our responsibility to impart the message of CHARACTER COUNTS! on the young people of San Ramon.


The message we are spreading is that of the Six Pillars of Character which is the foundation of the Coalition. The Six Pillars of Character are six core ethical values that transcend cultural, socioeconomic and religious differences. The Six Pillars have become a national standard because of wide adoption and use. The framework the Pillars provides has become the standard that permits easy collaboration among various entities and an easy to understand, readily acceptable common language for youngsters, parents and character educators


As a Coalition member and advocate of CHARACTER COUNTS!, the San Ramon CHARACTER COUNTS! Officer teaches the K-6th grade students these Pillars and why they are important. The Officer utilizes games and activities that embody the message that your character counts.

Studies show that schools utilizing CHARACTER COUNTS! show a decrease in crime, drug abuse and misbehavior. The program bolsters student’s commitment to school and teachers commonly say that the whole school climate changes.

Character development is a life long commitment. At San Ramon Police Department we are laying the foundation for tomorrow’s youth!

For more information about CHARACTER COUNTS! contact Officer Mark Gunning at

CHARACTER COUNTS! and the Six Pillars of Character are service marks of the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition, a project of the Josephson Institute of Ethics.
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