Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E), a 10 week educational program for elementary school students began in Los Angeles, California in 1983. It has been taught in our Columbus Elementary Schools for over 20 years. The lessons are taught each week by uniform police officers. Before an officer can enter the classroom, he/she must successfully complete a two week training course where an emphasis is placed on public speaking and instructor development. Our D.A.R.E. Officers instruct on topics such as drug and alcohol abuse as well as peer pressure, stress, and being a role model to others. At the conclusion of each semester, a graduation ceremony is held for the students and their families. The operational funding for our D.A.R.E. program is covered strictly by donations. There is no charge for students to participate. The D.A.R.E. program in Columbus and Bartholomew County has been cited a successful model for other police departments across the State of Indiana. If you are interested in helping our officers make a difference in the lives of the youth in our community, don't hesitate to contact any of our D.A.R.E. Officers.
Our D.A.R.E. Officers are:
Sgt. Matt Harris Sgt. Steve Long Zach Wright Bernard Sims Sgt. Kyle Young Eric Kapczynski
DARE Golf Outing-
This year's golf tournament will again be held at Otter Creek Golf Course on Friday August 7th. Complementary lunch, provided by Texas Roadhouse, will be served at 11:00 a.m. The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Sponsorship tee signs start at $125.00. The cost per player is $125.00. Businesses that sponsor a team (put together a group of four players for $500.00) will receive a tee sign to be displayed on the course during the tournament at no charge. This year's tournament will again feature numerous prizes including two seperate free car give aways for a hole in one. The winning team will receive free steak dinners for a year courtesy of Texas Roadhouse. All players receive complementary soda/water while they play.
Last year's tournament was a full outing. To register your team early or sponsor a tee sign, please contact Sgt. Matt Harris at 376-2605. All funds raised stay in Columbus and Bartholomew County and directly support our efforts educate students about the dangers of drugs and the importance of making good decisions. We are a 501C3 Non-Profit Organization.