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Sheriff’s Office Expands Relationships in County Schools with Deputy Presence

Posted on September 18, 2016 by in Hometown, News, Ohio

Crestview students, left to right, Chase Forwerck, Sonny Chorvas and Austin Sheets talk with Deputy Mike Biberstine (center). (Photo courtesy of Crestview High School)

VAN WERT COUNTY — This school year has brought a new face to the halls of Lincolnview and Crestview Local Schools on a more regular basis. Deputy Mike Biberstine with the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office is assigned to the schools throughout the week to expand the relationship between the schools, students, parents and the […]

Springfield Sheriff Accepts Drug Prevention Grant

Posted on September 7, 2016 by in Hometown, News, Ohio

Clark County Sheriff Gene A. Kelly

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly recently accepted the 2016-2017 Drug Use Prevention Grant Award for $53,685. This grant will be used in the DARE program to fund the salaries of the two full-time deputies assigned to instruction duties of the program in all Clark County schools. Deputies Lisle and Berner instruct the new D.A.R.E. curriculum […]

Fifth-Graders at Royalview Elementary School in Willowick Meet New D.A.R.E. Officer

Posted on September 2, 2016 by in Hometown, News, Ohio

Willowick D.A.R.E. Officer, Don Slapnicker discusses decision making with the fifth graders in Royalview Elementary’s D.A.R.E. class. Kristi Garabrandt — The News-Herald.

Defining, assessing and coming up with a response to a problem is how Royalview Elementary School fifth-graders spent their first Drug Abuse Resistance Education class with Willowick Mayor Rich Regovich and new D.A.R.E. officer Don Slapnicker. Image (click for full view): Willowick D.A.R.E. Officer, Don Slapnicker discusses decision making with the fifth graders in Royalview […]

D.A.R.E. Celebrates 25 years in Miami Township

Posted on September 2, 2016 by in Hometown, News, Ohio

Miami Township

The Miami Township Police Department celebrated 25 years of bringing the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program into local schools on Aug. 16. In 1991, when rubbing alcohol abuse was the most serious problem facing children, the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the then Ohio Attorney General Lee Fisher and the Ohio Department of Education […]

A D.A.R.E. Student’s Letter to Officer Joann Felton: Thank you (like a lot)

Posted on July 2, 2016 by in Hometown, News, Ohio

D.A.R.E. Officer Joann Felton works with students in the Solon City Schools classrooms talking about the dangers of drug abuse, smoking, e-cigarettes and other risky behaviors. She stresses that students think about making good decisions. Photo by Philip Botta.

One of D.A.R.E. Officer Joann Felton’s 7th grade students wrote her a letter, and she is so grateful that “D.A.R.E. officers from all over the US so impact these kids!!!” Jess, the D.A.R.E. student, wrote, “Please don’t ever change from who you are, it’s freaking amazing how many lives you’re changing for the better and the fact […]

Copley-Fairlawn D.A.R.E. Impact Shows in Essay

Posted on July 1, 2016 by in Hometown, Ohio

Copley-Fairlawn D.A.R.E.

COPLEY — Patrolman Sarah Shendy has read a lot of sixth-graders’ essays in her six years as Copley D.A.R.E. officer, but this year’s crop was especially powerful. “They just kind of blew me away,” Shendy said. The D.A.R.E. — Drug Abuse Resistance Education — program has been taught in Copley-Fairlawn City Schools for more than […]

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Hosts D.A.R.E. Summer Camp

Posted on June 29, 2016 by in Hometown, News, Ohio

Ohio State Division of Watercraft Sgt. Kim Sheets, left, helps Zach Orsborne, 11, of Sidney, son of Alysha and Neil Orsborne, navigate through a canoe with drunk goggles on as Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Strunk looks on during the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Summer Camp Thursday, June 23. The camp was held at Lake Loramie State Park.

FORT LORAMIE — The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office “D.A.R.E. Summer Camp” (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) had another successful year. Image (click for full view): Ohio State Division of Watercraft Sgt. Kim Sheets, left, helps Zach Orsborne, 11, of Sidney, son of Alysha and Neil Orsborne, navigate through a canoe with drunk goggles on as Shelby […]

Community Surprises Pickaway Co. Deputy with New Car

Posted on May 17, 2016 by in Hometown, News, Ohio

Community Surprises Deputy with New Car

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio – Every Monday morning, as Pickaway County Deputy Dale Thomas walks to his cruiser, he carries jumper cables knowing that the long weekend will leave the battery needing a jolt. If it is raining, he prepares for the leak in the cruiser’s roof by grabbing a rain jacket. The D.A.R.E. officer knows the shortfalls […]

D.A.R.E. Program: ‘It works’

Posted on March 30, 2016 by in Hometown, News, Ohio

Sgt. Bobby Stroop, the Highland County D.A.R.E. officer, stands outside the sheriff’s department’s new DARE cruiser, a former state patrol cruiser that has been wrapped in an attention-grabbing camouflage style

The D.A.R.E. anti-drug program is an effective deterrent that helps keep youngsters from using drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and which works in part because “education is key to helping children,” according to Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera. Left: Sgt. Bobby Stroop, the Highland County D.A.R.E. officer, stands outside the sheriff’s department’s new DARE cruiser, a […]

A Letter in Support of D.A.R.E. from Scott R. Evans, Retired Deputy and D.A.R.E. Officer, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office

Posted on October 18, 2015 by in Hometown, Ohio, Spotlight

Auglaize County Law Enforcement Center

As a retired D.A.R.E. Officer of 16 years from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office I know all too well the accusations that D.A.R.E. does not work and that funding should be cut. This has been going on since I was certified back in 1992. As far as D.A.R.E. being effective we need to understand that […]