D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
Officer Chrisopulos and the Brecksville Police Department in cooperation with CAPA and the Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District arranged for Joseph Pinjuh, U.S. Attorney’s Office, to speak to the high school students about the dangers of prescription drug misuse and its link to heroin and fentanyl use and deaths. Mr. Pinjuh did an excellent job explaining the highly addictive nature of these drug while tying it to real life stories of local kids. Due to increased deaths related to these drugs, those involved in putting together this assembly recognize the importance of educating our students as well as their parents/guardians. Plans are being made for a fall seminar geared towards parents/guardians.
DARE is a national program that began in 1983 in Los Angeles, California. The Brecksville Police Department has been involved with DARE since 1992. DARE is a collaborative effort of the essential components of a community; students, parents, schools, law enforcement and community leaders. DARE places specially trained police officers in classrooms to deliver sophisticated, science and evidence-based curricula teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. DARE is instructed in every kindergarten – 5th grade classroom in the district. DARE is also taught to all 7th grade students in the district as well. Some of the topics addressed in the DARE Program include: drugs, violence, bullying, internet safety and other high risk circumstances that are part of the daily life of students.
Officer John Chrisopulos is the DARE Officer for the Brecksville Police Department. He works closely with Broadview Heights DARE Officer Jose Garcia and various staff throughout the Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District to deliver a comprehensive and effective DARE Program. Officer Chrisopulos and Officer Garcia are two of a select few individuals who have the opportunity to work with the children of the Community every year as they pass from kindergarten through high school. Both officers are excellent role models for the children and are extremely committed to the youth of our community.
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