D.A.R.E. to return

Anti-drug, anti-violence program will be part of school resource officer duties

Times Observer file art The DARE program — “to resist drugs and violence” — will be returning next calendar year to all of Warren County School District.

The DARE program will be returning next calendar year to all of Warren County School District.

According to Warren County Sheriff Ken Klakamp, his office will bring the anti-drug and violence program to Eisenhower, Sheffield, and Youngsville schools.

The Sheriff’s Office will coordinate with the City of Warren Police regarding presenting the program at Beaty-Warren Middle School.

“The DARE program was stopped several years ago as a result of cuts in state funding,” Klakamp said. “The state funding was utilized for DARE officer salaries and materials.”

“Since we started the School Resource Program, the timing is right and should not cost the taxpayers for the program,” Klakamp said. “The DARE program will be taught to fifth-grade students in the county as part of the School Resource Officer’s duties.”

Deputy Josh Frederoski, one of the two deputies who are the school resource officers in the county, “is registered to attend the two-week DARE officer training at the New York State Fire Academy in January,” Klakamp said.

“The DARE program not only teaches the negatives of drugs and alcohol, but also how to deal with peer pressure, bullying, social media, and other important topics our kids face every day,” Klakamp said.

The sheriff’s office will be asking civic groups and foundations to help cover the costs of training, instruction, books, T-shirts, and certificates of completion. Anyone interested in donating to the program is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 723-7553.

“We feel that the DARE program is a program that will be taught to protect our most valuable resource — our kids,” Klakamp said.