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Cocopah Police Department Gets New D.A.R.E. Vehicle

Posted on Oct 11th, 2016

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Yuma Dealership Donates Vehicle To Cocopah Police Department. Cocopah Tribal Police Sgt. Jesus Verdugo accepts the keys of a new police car donated by Fisher Automotive Dealer Joe Fisher on Wednesday morning. The police car is wrapped in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education logo. Verdugo is a D.A.R.E. certified instructor in the Somerton School District. The D.A.R.E. program teaches kids how to deal with stress, bullying, and educates them on the harmful effects of drugs. Video by Cocopah…

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

Posted on Jul 5th, 2016

Recently 12 select members of our D.A.R.E. Youth Advocacy 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. America’s CEO, Frank Pegueros, Director of Project Development, Mistie Bell-Renfro and Jacqueline Ho, Youth Advocacy Board Coordinator. Special guest presenter, Bill Russ, also known as RETRO Bill was…

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Kobe Blackwell, D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Arizona Representative

Posted on Jun 27th, 2016

Hello, my name is Kobe Blackwell and welcome to my YAB page. I am 16 years old and I attend Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona. I enjoy going to school to be with friends and participating on the football team. While on weekends I attend First Institutional Baptist Church on a regular basis. My goal is to become a sports analyst or journalist. I plan on reaching my goal by attending college and focusing hard in the classroom. I have two parents who love me and a brother who has my…

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Cocopah Tribal Police Department graduates first DARE class

Posted on Dec 3rd, 2014

DARE Instructor and Cocopah Tribal Police Officer Jesus Verdugo reads an essay written by one of the more than 160 students from Somerton’s Tierra Del Sol Elementary school who graduated Monday afternoon from the Cocopah Tribal Police Department’s first Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. From Yuma Sun. More than 160 elementary school students in Somerton graduated Monday afternoon from the Cocopah Tribal Police Department's first Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)…

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Internet Safety is Topic of Parent Presentation

Posted on Nov 19th, 2014

From Dysart Unified School District. Surprise Elementary School will host a parent presentation by notMYkid on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 6 p.m., on the topic of Internet safety. notMYkid is a non-profit organization with the vision that "Every kid will have the knowledge and confidence to reach their full potential through making positive life choices." This presentation will offer information and education for parents on how to navigate the Internet safely using many forms of…

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MCC student brings anti-bullying campaign to Lake Havasu City Young Marines

Posted on Nov 8th, 2014

A group of Lake Havasu City Young Marines show their “Fighters Against Bullying” shirts Friday after attending an anti-bullying workshop. From Havasu News. One 9-year-old Nautilus Elementary school student said he’ll walk the halls of his campus next week with his eyes open, hoping to make positive changes in his school community. Matthew Aguilar knows bullying is a problem in his school. He said his friends have been called mean names by older students and said it’s common for…

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Tempe Police Launch ‘Safe and Sober’ Campaign To Keep Community Safe

Posted on Aug 27th, 2014

From East Valley Tribune. Tempe Police, with assistance from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and 17 Valley police agencies, launched the “Safe and Sober” Campaign Thursday, August 21. Lieutenant Michael Pooley said a total of 392 arrests took place within the first three days of the campaign, including 146 DUI's and 112 arrests for minors in consumption of alcohol. Pooley says officers are primarily working to combat underage alcohol consumption and other…

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Cocopah Police Ready to Launch D.A.R.E. Program

Posted on Aug 20th, 2014

Jesus Verdugo, a Cocopah tribal police officer, will teach a D.A.R.E. class to students in the Somerton Elementary School District. From Yuma Sun. The Cocopah Tribal Police Department, along with the Somerton School District, is preparing to launch its Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program for Cocopah children from kindergarten through the eighth grade. “It hits home knowing if my own child gets that kind of education in school, it will definitely help him out in the…

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