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DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION
Learning to say "No" and not feeling compelled to go along with the crowd is the essence of D.A.R.E., an anti-drug program. The program started in 1992 at the Wood County Sheriff's Office with one officer and has expanded to three full-time D.A.R.E. officers.
D.A.R.E. - Drug Abuse Resistance Education - is a preventative program originally developed in Los Angeles. Uniformed law enforcement officers teach the curriculum in schools, aiming to equip young people with the skills to resist peer pressure to experiment with harmful drugs. The concept is straightforward and simple - D.A.R.E. to say "No!"
The Wood County Sheriff's Office provides the D.A.R.E. program to K, 2, 4, 5 or 6th, and 7 or 8th grade students in seven school districts including Eastwood, Elmwood, Otsego, North Baltimore, McComb, Rossoford, Lakota and at Penta County Vocational High School. One of the unique features of D.A.R.E. is the use of sheriff's deputies as instructors. Deputies visit each class once a week for a ten-lesson program in an engaging and effective manner as well as interacting with students during lunch and recess.
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS
Sheriff deputies are assigned to the School Resource Officer Program. The program started in the fall 2001, the federal COPS grant provided funding for three years. These Deputies patrol the high schools and middle schools of Eastwood, Elmwood and Otsego School Districts. They handle all calls pertaining to the schools and also teach various classes about crime prevention and awareness. During the summer months these deputies are assigned to various community related activities or to the Road Patrol Division.
Deputy Jim Knallay
Deputy Anthony Thompson
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