"Due to the risks involved with COVID 19 in conducting classes in person, we have decided to temporarily use an On-Line Course for Shoplifting Offenses until it is safe to resume in-person classes. The Course will be accepted by the court as having fulfilled your responsibility to the court.


When you are referred to me by the court or an attorney, I will send you an email with instructions on how to register for the On-Line Course.  You will receive a Student Handout and will register and pay for the Course on line. It is your responsibility to complete the course within 60 days. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a “Summary Report”, and I will set up a telephone appointment with each person to review the report, answer any questions you may have and provide guidance and feedback on the best strategies to prevent further shoplifting behavior.


Upon completion of the course, I will send a signed Certificate of Completion to the court.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to adjust to the restrictions during this Pandemic. Please stay safe and well.”


Suzanne Walter, Director, S.T.O.P.



The Shoplifting Theft Offender Program is an educational awareness and prevention program for persons charged with Theft Offenses.

  • Clients may be referred directly by a Judge, a Pretrial Officer, a Probation Officer or by an Attorney.
  • The Offender Education Program may be used as a part of a Pretrial Diversion Program or Post-Trial as a condition of sentencing.
  • A cognitive approach is used with emphasis on understanding the consequences of behavior.
  • Each participant receives a workbook. Interaction among class members plays a vital role in developing awareness and responsibility for criminal behavior.
  • Each class meets for one 3-hour session
  • Class fee is paid by the client at the time of the class. Cash or Money Order ONLY.
  • There is NO cost to the Court to operate this program.
  • The referral source is provided with a certificate of completion for each person who attends the class.
  • All administrative work is handled by S.T.O.P.
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