Members of the Deming Police Department, Deming Public Schools, City of Deming and the Deming Masonic Lodge 12, gathered to kick off the school program that will address today’s issues and concerns for DPS students. From left are, Capt. Alex Valdespino, Cpl. Kenneth Teague, City Administrator Aaron Sera, Chief Bobby Orosco, Superintendent Arsenio Romero, Officer Ashley Butler, Mayor Benny Jasso, Mason Roger Morris, Senior Deacon Gayle Sawyer and Treasurer Mike Hofacket.
DEMING – A joint effort between city, schools, the Deming Police Department and the Deming Masonic Lodge, No. 12, is making sure that students understand the meaning of “Just Say No” to illegal drugs, stand up against peer pressure and call out bullying.
Deming Police and the Deming Public Schools are working with a program that will touch on the annual Red Ribbon Week through the national D.A.R.E Program. D.A.R.E stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. The Red Ribbon Week is celebrated in the schools and brings to mind the memory of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Agency agent who was killed in the war against drugs.
This year, Red Ribbon Week is recognized from October 23-31. The theme for 2017 is “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free.”
Deming PD sent two of its officers, Ashley Butler and Kenneth Teague, to Oklahoma City for training in the newly launched program.
“The Deming Police Department is working very hard to continue to build the relationship with children in our schools,” Chief Bobby Orosco said. “We continue to provide classes on various topics that affect our students every day.”
Deming Police will visit classrooms in the Deming Public Schools to educate students on the dangers of illegal drugs and touch on other subjects that include bullying, peer pressure and steering clear of gang activity.
Masonic Lodge 12, is backing the program and has donated $2,000 to help cover expenses for the training and materials. R. L. Stockard, secretary of the local lodge, said the donation is keeping in the Shriner’s cause of helping children. “Our lodge has given over $2,000 in scholarships to Deming High School graduates, $1,000 in youth recreation leagues and we just made a $5,000 contribution to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.” This is all in part to engage our community.”
The plan is to have the officers in the classrooms once a week for 10 to 14 weeks out of the school year. They will bring awareness to the dangers of drug abuse and illegal narcotics for the students to understand and learn. They will also tackle tough issues that students deal with in today’s world of social media.
“By having officers in and around the schools we continue to show students how we can help them and how we can work together. By building the relationship, we show the students we are approachable and here to help,” Orosco said.
Cyber-bullying and bullying in schools are two areas that the Deming Public Schools has a zero-tolerance policy. The focus of the police program is to reinforce good citizenship among students at all grade levels and build a bonding relationship with local law enforcement.
Peer pressure and stress management are volatile situations that a young person has to deal with. The Deming Police will focus on building relationships through trust with students.
“We are a pro-active organization in our community and we want people to know that,” Stockard said of the Deming Masons.
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