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The Warren County Sheriff’s Office first presented D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) instruction to Warren County public school students in 1987.
D.A.R.E. provides training for local police officers instructing students in school classrooms with a series of drug and violence prevention lessons. These lessons are designed for grades K –12. Currently in the United States and around the world, there are over 50,000 trained deputy sheriffs, town and city police officers, state police officers, military police officers, and defense department police serving as D.A.R.E. Officers.
The D.A.R.E. curriculum at the fifth grade level includes nine lessons based on substance abuse prevention education, learning the skills needed to recognize and resist the subtle and overt pressures that may cause young people to experiment with drugs, gang, and violent activities. Students are taught positive decision making techniques which result in good and healthy outcomes.
D.A.R.E. instruction is presented to approximately 460 fifth grade students within the Warren County public schools system. Also included in the fifth grade D.A.R.E. program are an anti-drug and violence poster contest, a D.A.R.E. essay contest, D.A.R.E graduation, and a D.A.R.E. Day fun day field trip at the end of each school year.
Visitation lessons are also provided to 1st thru 4th grade students. These lessons are based on three visitations to each grade group, with curriculum based on bicycle and traffic safety, tobacco abuse and prevention, and safety rules for dealing with strangers. Visitation lessons are provided to all five elementary schools. Over 2,000 public elementary school students receive these lessons each year.
The Middle School D.A.R.E. curriculum along with Class Action and Gang Awareness and Prevention classes is presented to approximately 400 7th grade students annually. These classes are based on a combination of lessons and subjects with topics ranging from marijuana education and prevention, gang awareness and resistance, inhalant abuse and dangers, and juvenile law information. Further information on the Warren County Sheriff’s D.A.R.E. Program may be obtained by contacting Sgt. C. Burke by calling (540) 635‑4128. Further information on the D.A.R.E. program can also be found on D.A.R.E. America’s website at www.dare.org.
VIRGINIA RULES PROGRAM
The Warren County Sheriff’s Office Virginia Rules education program helps educate our county’s youth on the laws of the Commonwealth. Deputies conduct classes at a 6th through 12th grade level and explain the laws of the state and penalties that our youth may face if they commit certain crimes. It is the hope of the Office of the Attorney General and The Warren County Sheriff’s Office that this program reaches each child before something negative occurs. A partial list of topics provided include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Introduction to Virginia Law: Classifications of felonies and misdemeanors
- Rights of parents and legal guardians: How well do Virginia teens know the law?
- Facts about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs Teen driving and responsibility
- Dangers of internet surfing
- Crimes against persons
- Teen violence
- Gang violence
- Dating violence
- Attendance at school
- Crimes against property
- Making threats to school property or school personnel
BICYCLE AND TRAFFIC SAFETY
Bike and Traffic Safety classes are provided to all Warren County Public Schools for students in grades 1–4. Bike Safety Rodeos are held for local youth annually and include the distribution of free bicycle helmets to children ages toddler through 16. During these events, deputies demonstrate how to properly wear a bike helmet and encourage the children to wear their helmets every time they ride. Statistics show that if a child is involved in a bike accident and is wearing a properly fitted bike helmet, a serious head injury and/or brain injury will be prevented eighty-five to ninety percent of the time.
Traffic safety portion of these events include the recognition of traffic safety signs and stop lights, correct hand signals, importance of safety reflectors, and bike riding laws.
DISTRACTED DRIVER VEHICLE
Distracted Driver Vehicle is an interactive tool designed to educate the public on the dangers of driving while distracted. Demonstrations are held at various community events.
ROLL OVER VEHICLE SIMULATOR
During September 29–30, 2015, Deputies demonstrated the Sheriff’s Office’s Rollover Simulator at the AAA Mid-Atlantic IDrive Event. The event was held at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA and over six hundred students were there during the two day event.
Roll Over Vehicle Simulator at the 2015 Community Safety & Wellness Expo