Drug Abuse Resistance Education
The Polk County Sheriff's Office primary mission regarding the D.A.R.E. program is to provide elementary students in Polk County with the information and skills they need to live a drug and violence free life.
The mission is to equip young people with the decision making skills that will enable them to avoid negative influences. The Polk County Sheriff's Office wants them to focus on their strengths and potential. This is what the D.A.R.E. program is designed to do.
It is important for the Sheriff's Office to establish positive relationships between law enforcement, students and schools. Every youngster should have the opportunity to grow up and make the choices that will help them to succeed in life. As the future of this great nation lies in the hands of our children we should make every effort to help them build on a foundation that will support the building of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
All six schools in Polk County have the D.A.R.E. program. The Polk County Sheriff's Office provides this in four of the six schools. Even in these tight economic times the Sheriff of Polk County has always made every effort to budget for the funding of this program in all four schools. The funding covers the cost of books, certificates, T-shirts, prizes and the deputy to instruct. One day per week at each school the D.A.R.E. class is presented by Detective Jarle Randall. The class lasts for 10 weeks. Detective Randall does two schools in the fall and the other two in the spring.
Halfway, Marion C. Early, Fair Play and Humansville are the four schools the Sheriff's Office provides with the program. Each year on average, about 150 students graduate the D.A.R.E. program from these four schools.
Detective Randall, in the Spring of 2009, started something new for the Sheriff's Office. The "D.A.R.E. Olympics". The D.A.R.E. Olympics is a one day event where the students who are in the current D.A.R.E. classes for that year come together for a field day. The students are broken into two divisions, each division is divided into smaller teams. The number of teams depend on the number of events. Each team competes in each event. Scores are kept. The events end with one final contest where both divisions compete against each other and all the scores are added. Events the students compete in are an obstacle course, relay race, softball throw, flying disc throw, air soft rifle shoot and the last event the tractor tire flip. The event was held in 2009 at the Southwest Baptist University football field. The students of this years D.A.R.E. classes are already looking forward to the 2010 D.A.R.E. Olympics.
Dare Olympics 2009: