In November 2010, Sheriff Guy and Deputy Adam "Cookie" Cook reimplement the D.A.R.E program in each of McMinn County's Elementary Schools. D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is a nationally-certified education program taught in the classroom by a certified officer about the dangers of abusing alcohol and drugs as well as avoiding dangerous behaviors. D.A.R.E. also touches on other important subjects such as bullying, internet safety and decision making.
According to the D.A.R.E. website, the program's mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug and violence-free lives. DARE works to equip kids with the tools that will enable them to avoid negative influences and allow them to focus on their strengths and potential. DARE also establishes positive relationships between students, law enforcement, teachers, parents, and community leaders.
Sheriff Guy, Deputy Cook and the staff of the McMInn County Sheriff's Department are committed to fighting drugs in McMinn County, and reducing the crimes that are associated with drugs. Sheriff Guy believes that educating our children about the dangers while equipping them with the life skills they will need is a huge step in that direction.
Deputy Cook is a POST certificed law enforcement officer, a certified School Resource officer, a certified D.A.R.E. officer and is a D.A.R.E. graduate himself. Deputy Cook's trusty sidekick is none other than the D.A.R.E. mascot, Daren. The Sheriff's Department is fortunate to have Daren on staff, and he is available for personal appearance.
Programs and Personal Appearances
For more information about DARE, or to schedule Deputy "Cookie" and Daren to provide a community program or appearance, please contact the Sheriffs Office at 745-5620.