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Lake Sheriff Bringing Back Drug-Education Program to Classrooms

Posted on Jun 27th, 2017

A law officer practicing a drug-education awareness course for elementary students tried to get a group of deputies excited. “What time is it?” Martin County deputy sheriff Andrea Olson asked the group. The muffled response prompted her to goad them: “Louder, louder!” This time the deputies — portraying schoolkids in a mock exercise — offered a full-throated response: “D.A.R.E.…

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The Passing of D.A.R.E. Family Member Monica Sauls

Posted on Jun 24th, 2017

It was said, “Anyone who knew her couldn’t be in the same room with her and not be happy, and anyone in the room who didn’t know her soon would.” Monica Sauls, having served the Highlands County Sheriff Office (FL) for 41 years, retired in 2012. Monica devoted most of her law enforcement career as an advocate for children. It was reported on June 22nd that Monica passed at the age of…

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D.A.R.E. Program to Make Comeback in Lake County Schools

Posted on Jun 7th, 2017

TAVARES — The anti-drug program D.A.R.E. is preparing to make a comeback in Lake County schools after years on the sidelines because of budget cuts. Deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office started going through an 80-hour training class on Monday for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, which will prepare them to teach fifth-grade students during the 2018-2019 school year…

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Peyton Grinnell Soars to Victory in Sheriff’s Race

Posted on Nov 14th, 2016

EUSTIS — Chief Deputy Peyton Grinnell will take control of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office after a towering victory Tuesday. The Republican candidate captured just over 67 percent of the votes Tuesday, solidifying his bid to succeed Gary Borders as sheriff. Grinnell said voters made the right choice in selecting him over Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway, who ran as a non-party…

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Florida DOT Class #79 Gives Back to the Community at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission

Posted on Aug 22nd, 2016

D.A.R.E. Florida Coordinator Jay Best organized the Thursday DOT graduation to be held at the Orlando Mission rather than at a  hotel or a restaurant. A fine example of reaching out and connecting to the community. Florida DOT Class #79 served over 200 meals to homeless families in the Central Florida area. Since 1948, the Orlando Union Rescue Mission's purpose is to bring the hungry,…

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Fifth-graders celebrate drug-free message

Posted on May 15th, 2016

AVON PARK — It has music, dancing, role models and a skit with a few bad guys and plenty of good ones bearing a message to make the right decisions and live drug-free. The annual D.A.R.E. Day Celebration Thursday featured about a 1,000 fifth-grade students from the Highlands County School District’s elementary schools who have been taught the Drug Awareness Resistance Education principles…

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D.A.R.E. Day photos from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Naples, FL

Posted on Apr 27th, 2016

D.A.R.E. Day 2016 photos from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Naples, FL, featuring D.A.R.E. America ELEAB Member & Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, Dr. Kamala Patton – Collier County Public Schools Superintendent, the Elementary School Principals of the Collier County School System, DAREN & the Collier County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. vehicle!! Right: Daren…

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Florida Department of Law Enforcement Leads the Way on D.A.R.E. Day

Posted on Apr 21st, 2016

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Leads the Way on D.A.R.E. Day, April 21, 2016. Check out the D.A.R.E. vehicles on the steps of the Capitol in Tallahassee,…

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Congratulations to the Graduates of the 78th Florida D.A.R.E. Officer Training!

Posted on Mar 2nd, 2016

The first training of the year for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program was January 4-15, 2016 and was once again held at the FDLE Fort Myers Regional Operations Center (FMROC). The 16 officers and agencies making the commitment to the program include those in Broward, Collier, Hendry, Polk, Leon and Miami-Dade Counties. The class also included officers from Arizona, Oregon, and…

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Anna Maria Elementary Welcomes a New School Resource Officer

Posted on Sep 19th, 2015

From The Islander. Teacher Tina Goffred’s first-grade class stops Sept. 3 to show their library books to school resource officer Josh Fleischer, right, and clinician Vicki Dunning at Anna Maria Elementary, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Photo by Kristin Swain. Click to view full image. The 2015-16 school year has begun at Anna Maria Elementary and with it comes a new school resource…

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