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The Linton-Stockton Elementary and the Linton Police Department have currently teamed up in an effort to educate fifth-graders though the DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance and Education) program.

“We are the first in the county to have a DARE class and an officer in the school,” explained LPD Chief Troy Jerrell. “This is the first time in Greene County.

“This is part of a program labeled through a grant PAM (Police as Mentors) and through Greene County Child Protective Services.”

By utilizing both the DARE program and PAM a police officer is in the school for 20 to 25 hours a week, Jerrell explained.

“We're real excited about it. We worked hard to get this program up and running ... there has been a lot of coordinated effort between the LPD and school,” he said.

Debbie McDonald is the police officer who is teaching the program at the school, Jerrell explained.


“When she isn't teaching the program she is conducting truancy investigations and other school offenses,” Jerrell stressed.

“This is something very unique in Linton. It's important for several things. A lot of children only see the police during the not-so-positive times in life and we're trying to change that around ...

“This is also a huge step in the safety of the school. It let's people know we have a full-time police officer with full arrest powers at school.”

The program covers many aspects and needs of the community, police department, school and Child Protective Services.

“DARE is not just an anti-drug program. It doesn't just focus on the negative effects of drugs ... it also helps build social skills,” Jerrell stressed.

This program also reinforces the fact that police officers are here to help, he said. It's important for children to understand this.

Jerrell stressed that Linton Mayor Tom Jones and Superintendent Ron Bush have been very supportive of implementing the program.

Jones explained that DARE is a process about changing attitudes and developing good citizenship.

“I think most of these kids have a good foundation, but this is just another way to build upon it,” Jones stressed. “I think Debbie (McDonald) is doing a good job and I'm so proud of Troy (Jerrell) and the police department.”





What is D.A.R.E.?



D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. It is a drug abuse prevention education program designed to equip elementary, middle and high school children with knowledge about drug abuse, the consequences of abuse, and skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Based on the premise that prevention is the only long-term answer to drug abuse, the program includes all 50 states and 53 countries. The D.A.R.E. program is taught in over 75% of the nation’s school districts, creating a positive atmosphere for students to interact with uniformed law enforcement officers.

This unique program uses uniformed law enforcement officers to teach a formal curriculum to students in a classroom setting.


D.A.R.E. provides life-skills

D.A.R.E. lesson plans focus on four major areas:

  1. Providing accurate information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

  2. Teaching students good decision-making skills.
  3. Showing students how to recognize and resist peer pressure.
  4. Giving students ideas for positive alternatives to drug use.

D.A.R.E officers work with children to raise their self-esteem, teach them how to make decisions on their own, and help them identify positive alternatives to drugs. Through role-playing, the D.A.R.E., curriculum emphasizes the negative consequences of drug use, and reinforces the skills to resist peer pressure and intimidation.

Key Program Elements

D.A.R.E. is a cooperative effort by the police, schools, parents, and the community - all four working together to help our children make the right choices concerning drug use.

One of the unique features of D.A.R.E. is the use of uniformed police officers as instructors. D.A.R.E. officers are assigned to a classroom "beat."  Gleaming with the latest in prevention science and teaching techniques, D.A.R.E. is reinventing itself as part of a major national research study that promises to help teachers and administrators cope with the thorny issues of school violence, budget cuts, and terrorism. The need for an effective education program to inoculate students against the threat of drugs is critical to the well being of our children and their future.


What D.A.R.E. is NOT

Scare tactics - D.A.R.E. relies on accurate information and a straight-forward approach.

A "Witch Hunt" - D.A.R.E. Officers NEVER encourage students to "turn in" family or friends who may be breaking the law. D.A.R.E. students are taught to say "someone I know . . . " when sharing stories; never using real names.

"Hands on drugs" - How drugs are used (methods) are not taught. Drugs are never taken into a classroom as part of D.A.R.E.


Vistit the Official DARE WEBS SITE