Brinkley Named North Carolina Executive of the Year
Nags Head Police Chief Kevin Brinkley has been named Executive of the Year by the North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers Association for his support of the drug abuse resistance program.
Image: Nags Head Police Chief Kevin Brinkley was named the 2017 North Carolina D.A.R.E. Officers Association Glen Mowery Executive of the Year for his support of the program taught at Nags Head Elementary School by Nags Head School Resource Officer Lora Gilreath, pictured with Brinkley.
Brinkley received the award as the 2017 D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association Glen Mowery Executive of the Year on Jan. 12 at the association’s annual training conference. The honor is a tribute to Mowery, a retired Charlotte-Mecklenburg Deputy Police Chief who started the D.A.R.E. program in Charlotte.
“We are proud that Chief Brinkley has been recognized nationally for his support of the D.A.R.E. program,” said Nags Head Town Manager Cliff Ogburn. “He is passionate about his job and his steadfast support of the program is evident by the smile on his face whether he’s speaking at graduation or handing out pizza at a student lunch.”
Launched in 1983, D.A.R.E. is a comprehensive K-12 education program taught in thousands of schools in America and 52 other countries. The curricula, taught at Nags Head Elementary School by Nags Head Police Officer Lora Gilreath, address drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety and other high risk circumstances.
Most students receive D.A.R.E. curricula in the fifth or sixth grades. The core D.A.R.E. curriculum is a one-semester course taught one hour a week for ten weeks by a trained, uniformed police officer, which ends in a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony. All police officers who teach D.A.R.E. curricula must graduate from a two-week training program that includes instruction on drugs, gangs, internet safety and teaching techniques. All students participating in D.A.R.E. must complete a student workbook and a D.A.R.E. essay, have good attendance, follow D.A.R.E. and school rules, and be good role models and citizens to graduate from the program.
This was originally published on Outer Banks Sentinel.