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Sheriff D.A.R.E.s to Reconsider Drug Program

Posted on October 18, 2017 by in D.A.R.E. Comeback, Hometown, News, Tennessee

Roane County TN Sheriff

Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton’s opinion of D.A.R.E. has changed over the years. So much so that his office is implementing it back into the Roane County School System.

Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton wasn’t a fan of the D.A.R.E. program in 2014.

“You can talk about D.A.R.E. all day long,” Stockton said during a forum hosted by the Roane County Republican Women.

“There is no proven statistics that D.A.R.E. works.”

Stockton’s opinion of D.A.R.E. has changed over the years. So much so that his office is implementing it back into the Roane County School System.

“I talked to the coordinator of the D.A.R.E. education training program,” Stockton said recently.

“He told me the officer has a little bit more leeway now with the classes and it’s more modernized for the kids to keep their attention, and some of the stuff they’re teaching now was not with the old curriculum.”

D.A.R.E. is an acronym that stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education.

One of the goals of the program is to teach students how to withstand peer pressure and live drug and violence free lives.

“I sent two officers to school during the summer and got them certified to teach D.A.R.E.,” Stockton said.

According to information provided by the sheriff’s office, the program will focus on teaching students about decision making skills, facts about drugs, resisting peer pressure, how to stay in charge of their lives and how to be good citizens in their communities.

“I think the kids will really take an interest in that program,” Stockton said. “It excited me that they took the initiative to change some stuff in the way they teach, too.”

Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said she is excited about the program being back in the schools.

“It’s a good program,” she said. “A good partnership for the school system. It’s a great way for our students to connect with officers.”

The sheriff’s office is seeking funding assistance from businesses through sponsorships or donations.

“The assistance will go toward items for students during the program along with prizes and special items for graduating the program,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

Anyone interested in providing funding assistance can contact the sheriff’s office at 376-5582.

“We’re optimistic about it and we’re really excited about this program back in the school system,” Stockton said.

From Roane County News.