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The Orange County Sheriff's Office, as part of our Crime Prevention Program, conducts all of our D.A.R.E training.

 The Orange County Sheriff's Office has eight deputies who are trained to instruct in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education curriculum. Our Sheriff’s Office teaches the program in all of the county’s fifth grade classes. These deputies also visit kindergartens, pre school classes, first grade classes to present safety lessons. The D.A.R.E program lasts 11 weeks and culminates with a graduation held at each school's auditorium.

In 1998 we implemented our first countywide essay contest for D.A.R.E. The winner was Catherine Harrell of New Hope Elementary. She won a bicycle donated by Wal-Mart. We believe D.A.R.E has helped our youngsters in many ways to avoid drug usage, especially the instruction given to them on how to avoid peer pressures.    

From 1995-1998, the Orange County Sheriff's D.A.R.E. officers selected up to 80 D.A.R.E. students for two summer camps that are three nights each. In 1999, we changed to a Day Camp program. We invited 160 students to participate in two-day camps in early July. The campers are selected by either writing the best essay in the class or by being a good class leader during the class year. The camp is funded completely by the Sheriff’s Office with help from the local School Alcohol & Drug Defense Program. Campers stay at Orange County's own Camp Chestnut Ridge in Efland. While at camp, the D.A.R.E. students are instructed on topics such as goals, conflict resolution, family crisis intervention, cultural diversity and leadership. Campers get to swim daily, go canoeing, make crafts, participate in bicycle safety courses, go on nature walks (conducted by a former camper's father) and play team enriching games. The camp and local restaurants provide refreshments and meals.  

The D.A.R.E. program teaching materials and T-shirts are funded in part by  private donations. During 1997 the Sheriff's Office was given a Dodge Viper to raffle off for the D.A.R.E. program and the newly started C.A.R.E. program. The Sheriff’s Office was able to sell 500 tickets at $100 a piece. The car was raffled off at a dinner in Southern Orange County on December 6th, 1997. A local business owner won the car. The raffle was a success with each program receiving over $15,000 each. The money raised will help to continue the purchase of t-shirts for each student graduating from the D.A.R.E. classes.  

The D.A.R.E. program teaches kids how they can as individuals “say no” to drugs and stay off drugs. It also teaches kids how to avoid conflicts and violence, how they can build their self-esteem, how to cope with stressful situations and deal with stress, avoiding gangs, making decisions and finding alternative choices to drugs and violence. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office believes that this program is very important to the growth of our children and to the welfare of the community. We will continue to conduct the program as long as the schools will allow us in the classroom.  

Orange County D.A.R.E. officers are Lt. Troy Comar, Deputy Hal Durham, Sgt. Tina Rimmer, Inv. Tony White, Deputy  Christy Faircloth, and Deputy London Ivey.


Or for more information about D.A.R.E. go to the National Dare Website.

Contact Lt. T. Comar