May 22, 2017


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

Florida DOT Class Photo January 2016

Members of the 78th D.A.R.E. Officer Training Program

5th D.A.R.E. Camp, Collier County

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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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Collier Corporal Honored as Nation’s Top D.A.R.E. Officer

Posted on Aug 3rd, 2015

From Naples Florida Weekly. Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, left, presented Cpl. Ken Vila with the 2015 Florida D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year award earlier this month in Orlando. In August, Cpl. Vila will travel to New Orleans to receive D.A.R.E. America’s 2015 National D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year award. COURTESY PHOTO. Cpl. Ken Vila of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office has been…

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D.A.R.E. to Have Fun

Posted on Apr 15th, 2015

From Highlands Today. Photo: Students dance along to “YMCA” as California Toe Jam performs at the D.A.R.E. graduation celebration for the county’s fifth grade students on Thursday. Credit: RYAN PELHAM. See more photos from the event at AVON PARK – It was an occasion where elementary school pupils weren’t only…

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2015-2016 Florida D.A.R.E. Officers Association Executive Board

Posted on Mar 23rd, 2015

President, Officer Diane Duffy Oviedo Police Department [email protected] (407) 721-8920 Vice President, VACANT (Elections to be held at the 2015 NASRO Conference) Notify any board member if interested! First Vice President, Corporal Ken Vila Collier County Sheriff's Office [email protected] (239) 253-5285 Secretary, Officer Nancy Thigpen Orange Park Police…

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