Millions of school children around the world benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence.
The Grand Rapids Police Department and the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office partner every school year with the Grand Rapid School District to get officer’s in the classroom’s to instruct and teach the DARE program to every 5th grader that attends the Robert J. Elkington Middle School in Grand Rapids. Each of the DARE Officers instructs two classes. Currently the DARE Officers are Grand Rapids Police Department members Sgt. Heath Smith, Ofc. Jeremy Nelson, Ofc. Justin Edmundson, School Liaison Ofc. William Saw, and Itasca County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Provinzino who serves as the Itasca County DARE coordinator.
DARE also serves another purpose in supporting a strong and healthy community. The DARE program strengthens community ties between the schools, parents, students, and local police officers. The DARE program gives the opportunity for Officer’s to give back to the communities which they serve by being in the school to help guide, teach, and interact with students which is imperative in building rapport with local youths. This ideal can be in invaluable tool when it comes to crime prevention and solving crime within a community.
If you have any questions or inquires about your DARE program please contact one of our D.A.R.E officers.