July 27, 2016

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Yemassee Police Chief Heading to D.C.

Yemassee Police Department Chief Greg Alexander

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - We're learning that Yemassee Police Department Chief Greg Alexander is heading to Washington, D.C. for a very special briefing. Two years ago, President Obama commissioned a study with law enforcement, professors and doctors to figure out how to bridge the gap between…

A book, a cop, a teacher and bunch of kids … together learning good choices at Oxford Elementary School

Oxford Elementary School in Maine

OXFORD — It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but in reality, it is much more powerful than that. A teacher, an author and a D.A.R.E. officer gathered at Oxford Elementary School recently – along with the entire fifth grade – in the culmination of a health unit on healthy choices,…

Anna Grace Holthaus, 2016 Iowa D.A.R.E. Essay Winner

Anna Grace Holthaus, 2016 Iowa D.A.R.E. Essay Winner.In photo with Anna, L to R:  Sheriff Dan Marx, South Winneshiek Teacher Jessica Peters, Anna Holthaus' Family, Deputy Tim Felton & South Winneshiek Superintendent Kris Einck.

The Iowa D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office and South Winneshiek School are proud to announce that Anna Grace Holthaus has won the Iowa D.A.R.E. Officers’ Association first place essay for 2016. Anna Grace Holthaus wrote her D.A.R.E. essay about what she…

How D.A.R.E. Has Changed My Life


Taylor Hinderliter’s D.A.R.E. essay, How D.A.R.E. Has Changed My Life, was selected as the top essay for the state of Kansas. Taylor is a Lindsborg resident. Imagine this. You’re at a party and BAM, your best friend falls to the ground and is not responding to anyone or anything and she has…

YAB Members Participate in Creating PSA Video to Promote D.A.R.E. myPlaybook High School Curriculum


Recently 12 select members of our D.A.R.E. Youth Advisory Board participated in creating a public service announce (PSA) video to promote D.A.R.E. myPlaybook High School Curriculum. All 12 YAB members were invited to Orlando, Florida for a workshop on June 6-9, 2016, hosted by D.A.R.E.…

Brown Wins Lifetime Achievement at EGCC Annual Awards Banquet

Emporia Sheriff Sam Brown's decades of giving to the children through his D.A.R.E. program paid off in a big way. Sheriff Brown, left, is presented the Eugene Bloom Lifetime Achievement Award from Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce vice president Preston Battle.

Emporia Sheriff Sam Brown is known as much for his work with children at Greensville and Belfield elementary schools as he is his contagious smile. On Wednesday night, his decades of giving to the children of our community through his D.A.R.E. program paid off in a big way. He was chosen as the…

Miniature K-9 is Well-Loved Helper in Corrales D.A.R.E. Program

Cheyenne, equipped with her own miniature police vest and badges, accompanies Walter Heaton on his patrol rounds. (Zita Fletcher/Rio Rancho Observer) ljojola@abqjournal.com Thu Jun 30 18:38:06 -0600 2016 1467333486 FILENAME: 214656.jpg

Meet the smallest member of the Corrales Police Department: Cheyenne, a 9-year-old teacup Chihuahua. Despite her tiny size, she has a big presence in the community. “She helps me with my D.A.R.E. program,” said Corrales D.A.R.E. officer Walter Heaton. “That’s basically her…

Staying Atop Slang, Social Media Help D.A.R.E. Officers Read Students

D.A.R.E. educators and police officers listen to teen trends at the last day of the State of Hawaii D.A.R.E. Conference Friday at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. (Laura Shimabuku/West Hawaii Today).

KAILUA-KONA — Police officers may not be the most hip, happening people, but those who work with youth have to find a way to form a real connection with the students. That can be difficult to do. Right (click image for full view): D.A.R.E. educators and police officers listen to teen trends…

D.A.R.E. Training Teaches About New Drug Trends


KAILUA-KONA — The school year is already approaching. And to help prepare for the upcoming year, D.A.R.E. officers were informed about new trends in youth drug abuse on Thursday during a training session at the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel. “If we’re not going to stop our teens,…

D.A.R.E. Family Fun Day Focuses on Violence Prevention

D.A.R.E. To Be Great

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Thursday was the final day of the annual summer DARE program hosted by the Columbus Police Department. Students went on a number of field trips this year, including Stars and Strikes, Coca Cola Space and Science Center and the Columbus Aquatic Center. This year’s…

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

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…

Will Alexander, 2016 D.A.R.E. Pledge Winner, Papillion, Nebraska

Will Alexander, 2016 D.A.R.E. Pledge Winner, Papillion, Nebraska

Will Alexander, from Carriage Hill Elementary, was this year’s winner of the D.A.R.E. Pledge Contest. Will attended the mayor’s luncheon, met famous actor Clint Howard, received his very own Daren, and rode in the 1957 Chevy D.A.R.E. car in Papillion’s annual Papillion Days parade with his…

Transparency, Consistency Goals for Gilley

Gary Gilley

Gary Gilley characterized his first day as sheriff in Richland Parish as busy, and his plans for the parish indicate a desire to stay busy for the next four years. He was sworn in on Thursday and is already shaping department goals based around his campaign promises, including increased…

‘DARE to be GREAT’ Summer Camp Concludes with Family Day

Columbus Police Cpl. Travis Spencer, center, holds the microphone for his D.A.R.E. students during their skit for parents and public safety officer Thursday. About 70 boys and girls attended the month-long D.A.R.E. to Be Great summer camp held at Fort Middle School. Funded by a grant through the Office of Crime Prevention, the youngsters went on field trips, including the National Infantry Museum, Oxbow Meadows and the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, spent a day at the Aquatics Center, went to the movies, had educational sessions about bullying and respect, and got a lot of exercise - all part of the message to stay away from drugs and gangs. Robin Trimarchi rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com

The “D.A.R.E. to be GREAT” summer camp, designed to teach youth how to avoid danger and drugs, concluded Thursday with a family day at Fort Middle School. The Columbus Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit invited parents and students to the school to reflect on the fun experiences and…

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

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…