Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Complete D.A.R.E. Instructor Training

October 10, 2018

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is pleased to announce the graduation of two school resource officers from the 34th Maryland D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer Training class recently held at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville. PFC Brock Virts and PFC James Plunkett were among 30 officers from across the region to complete the two-week, 80 hour certification course to become some of the nation’s newest D.A.R.E. instructors.

D.A.R.E. is a community-based, nationwide program which links law enforcement, schools and parents in a partnership to educate children about the dangers of drugs, gangs, and violence. The class is taught by police officers who present information to children in a classroom environment, providing skills on how to resist drugs and how to build resiliency to staying away from drugs. The program also includes discussions on bullying, internet safety, cyber-bullying, and prescription drug abuse. D.A.R.E. instructors are certified to deliver programs to students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

In Charles County, a school resource officer is assigned to every high school and middle school on a full-time basis. These officers are also responsible for interacting with students at elementary schools. “School resource officers play a vital role in the schools in terms of safety as well as mentoring our students and serving as positive role models,” said Sheriff Berry. “Teaching the D.A.R.E. program benefits students as well as law enforcement, as it is our hope that what they learn will stick with them when they are faced with tough choices in school and throughout life.”

For more information about the CCSO school resource officers, visit http://www.ccso.us/school-resource-section/.

(Left to right): M/Sgt. Robert Vaughn, PFC Brock Virts, PFC James Plunkett, and Lieutenant William Edge

11 Responses to Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Complete D.A.R.E. Instructor Training

  1. Charles on October 10, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    What, no Facebook sheriff?

    • Candy Jones on October 11, 2018 at 5:41 am

      Dumb!! ‍

      • Charles on October 11, 2018 at 8:53 am

        Thank you for that incredibly insightful comment. Speaks volumes about your intelligence

    • Mike Rackey on October 11, 2018 at 6:12 am

      He was too busy that day attending a (insert event here).

      • Charles on October 11, 2018 at 8:54 am

        Pretty much

  2. Just say No on October 10, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Numerous studies show that D.A.R.E. does not work and students who go through the training are no less likely to use drugs than kids who didn’t get the training. Guess if it sounds good just keep funding it even though it doesn’t work.

    • Anonymous on October 11, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Total waste of taxpayer money. Turds are going to be turds no matter how many DARE classes or basketball camps they do.

  3. Hmmm on October 11, 2018 at 9:13 am

    They must’ve agreed to get the same D Bag haircut for those who can grow hair.

  4. Catherine White on October 11, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Anything helps. It’s the spent adults who try to relive thier lost youth by being captain druggiver to these kids.keep rocking guys.

  5. Anonymous on October 11, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Stop being jealous of the Popo. Go get treatment and stop being captain sell Crack to the kids because I wanna be the boss of idiots because I want my youth back and I cant cope with life so let me secretly ruin theres.

    • Grammar Police on October 13, 2018 at 8:02 am

      ** can’t
      ** theirs