July 23, 2014

Wanda Brister, Texas D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year

Posted on July 20, 2014 by in 27th International Conference, Hometown, Texas


Wanda Brister showing her trophies as the Texas Dare Officer of the Year and 1st place for the Jasper PD D.A.R.E. car. Photo by Jeff Reedy

From www.beaumontenterprise.com

Wanda Brister of the the Jasper Police department returned form Gaylord, Texas with all the top awards. Brister herself won the Texas D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year award and the Jasper D.A.R.E. car won 1st place at the event. What an honor for the City of Jasper and the Jasper Police Department. Chief MacDonald stated he is very proud of Brister and her service to the community and the police department.. She represents us well. Brister is the Jasper Police Departments Dare officer and has been for many years. She not only works with children but works as a full time police officer in Jasper. The one thing is that when Brister is on the road you cannot miss her. She drives the Jasper Police Department’s D.A.R.E. car. It is wrapped with logos and an Eagle on the hood. The work that was done to the car this year was provided by several local businesses including MeadWesvaco, London Ink, Lakeway Tire and Complete Performance. These businesses provided either donations or services to decorate the car for the annual event.

The event in Gaylord is an International affair and has D.A.R.E. officers from not only the State of Texas but other states and countries as well. Brister was very happy to carry the Texas flag during the ceremonies representing the State of Texas.

D.A.R.E. Officer is Inspiring Youth With His Books And Music!

Posted on July 20, 2014 by in Hometown, Mississippi

Arthur Avant Is A True Hero And Role Model For The Youth!

From fox2548.com

Officer Arthur Avant is a well known public figure in the North MS Area. Officer Avant is a man of many talents. He is a D.A.R.E. officer, artist, author, rapper, entertainer, and personal trainer. He is inspiring the youth all over the south through his positive message rap songs and his books. He is an ideal role model for children of all ages.

Arthur Avant – D.A.R.E. Officer

Arthur dedicates his time to helping the youth of our community find alternative ways to channel their energies and keep them off of the streets and off of drugs. Arthur attributes his early exposure to the D.A.R.E. program to Ms. Linda Urban.

Officer Arthur Avant has been involved with the D.A.R.E. program in the local schools and the community since about the year 2000. His passion for helping teach and educate the communities children is evident in this interview.

Arthur’s passion for the D.A.R.E. program sets him apart form others in the field. Arthur shares his passion for keeping all children drug free through his new video entitled “Aight”. In this video, Arthur combines his love of music and rap with his D.A.R.E. message. You can find the video on youtube at Double A-”Aight” (Official Video).

In addition to his duties as a D.A.R.E. officer, Arthur is also an accomplished author, artist, rapper and personal trainer.

Arthur Avant – Author, Artist, Personal Trainer

His books include “The Art of Love”, a collection of romantic poems and “To Find a Friend” a children’s book about friendship.

He is also been involved in the training of many athletes including Trell Kimmons, a Silver Medalists in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Arthur is indeed a man of many talents who has a passion for keeping the youth in this country free of drugs. His influence extends not only from his duties in the classroom but also across the country through his new video, his rapping and his personal training. You can expect to see and hear a lot more from Officer Avant, he is focused and driven and determined to spread his message to the youth nationwide!

Arthur has also been featured in the November 2012 issue of Fine Success Magazine.

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Kids Learn New Hobbies That Steer Them Clear of Drugs Through D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on July 20, 2014 by in Hometown, Kids, Missouri

From fox4kc.com

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. — Law enforcement officers are teaching kids in Cass County, Mo., about fishing, archery and other shooting sports at a special camp this week. At the Harrisonville city park the sessions are helping keep kids on the right path in their lives.

It’s part of a Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in Cass County — also known as DARE. The activities introduce 5th and 6th graders to different ways to have fun in the summer without turning to drugs.

About 60 DARE graduates are selected for the camp, which is free thanks to donations from the Elks Lodge and other Cass County businesses. Law enforcement officers work with the kids out of uniform to help build trust. And after a week of fishing, bows and arrows and pellet guns, it’s hoped that the campers will see officers as real people with families, just like them. The event helps break down any intimidation or fear kids may have about approaching an officer.

“This gives them something, kind of a place to escape, be themselves, and show those good positive morals and good positive things that we want them to have throughout their lives,” said Deputy Christine Eddleman a Cass County DARE officer.

High school students who have been through the camp in previous years serve as role models for the group. Some of the kids have never fished before or shot a bow and arrow. They discover new hobbies that can become life-long loves. And others tell FOX 4 News they also meet new friends that share similar values and can help them stand up to peer pressure.

“I just remember having fun and meeting new people that went through the same DARE education that I did,” said Kaylee Tieman, who will be a Harrisonville High School freshman in the fall. “So we all knew about drugs and how not to use them. Then we just learned how we can have fun without drugs and how it can be a good thing to keep out of your life.”

Officers encourage kids to “Be A Champion” at this camp. That means developing leadership skills that help them stand up for what they know to be right in their lives.

27th D.A.R.E. International Training Conference

Posted on June 4, 2014 by in Conferences, Past Conference

The 27th D.A.R.E. International Training Conference will provide opportunities for attendees to gain enhanced knowledge, useful strategies, and practical skills that will have a positive impact within the schools and local communities. Session topics will include: D.A.R.E. curricula and classroom delivery. Skill development in the effective use of the latest internet and classroom technology. Current […]

McLeansboro Marks 25 Years of D.A.R.E.

Posted on May 17, 2014 by in Hometown, Illinois

MCLEANSBORO — Hamilton County is home to one of the longest running D.A.R.E. programs in the country. For 25 years, every 6th grader at East Side Elementary has taken the drug prevention classes with either Sheriff Greg Brenner or McLeansboro Police Chief Robert Crow. Brenner held his D.A.R.E. graduation in March; this year marks a […]

Raffle: June 20th at 11:00 am PST – Congratulations to the winners!

Posted on November 1, 2013 by in Events, News

DARE Raffle June 20th, 2014

D.A.R.E. CEO Francisco Pegueros interviewed by WKRC Cincinnati at the D.A.R.E. International Conference

Posted on July 24, 2013 by in Additional Information for the 26th Annual Training Conference, Conferences

Police officers from as far away as Brazil and Bahrain are in Cincinnati this week. They’re training in the anti-drug program called DARE. But there are not any officers at the conference from the host city. Jeff Hirsh tells us why Cincinnati Police dropped out of the program … and why DARE leaders hope they’ll […]

Police Teach D.A.R.E. Program to KOTA Territory Students

Posted on April 20, 2013 by in Hometown, News, Wyoming

www.kotanow.com – April 2013 (TORRINGTON, WY) – Elementary school students from one KOTA Territory community learn how to make the right decisions, with the help of local law enforcement. Since 1986, the Torrington Police Department has been teaching the D. A. R. E. program to local students. D. A. R. E. stands for Drug Abuse […]

Change of Leadership at D.A.R.E.

Posted on January 10, 2013 by in Highlights

Frank Pegueros

Charlie Parsons Retires, Board of Directors Appoints Francisco X. Pegueros as President and CEO Los Angeles, Calif. – Charlie J. Parsons, President and Chief Executive Officer of D.A.R.E. America, retired January 2, 2013. Parsons joined D.A.R. E. America in 1996 as Executive Director & Chief Operations Officer and has served as President and Chief Executive […]

Casey Introduces Bill to Combat Dangerous Trend of Cough Syrup Abuse Among Teens

Posted on November 12, 2012 by in Hometown, Parent Alert, Pennsylvania

From: Robert P. Casey, Jr. United States Senator for Pennsylvania Wednesday, July 11, 2012 Casey’s Bipartisan Legislation Will Restrict Sale of Drug to Minors WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent the abuse of cough syrup to get high, a particularly worrisome trend among teens. The active ingredient […]