D.A.R.E. Officers Scott Brown and Christy Fruge outside the Logan County Safety Complex on Friday during the presentation of an award for Brown’s 20 years of service with D.A.R.E.

Retired Logan County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Brown was recognized this week for 20 years of educating local kids on the dangers of drug and alcohol use.

He was presented with an award on Friday from the Illinois DARE Officers Association in recognition of his service over the last two decades.

Brown retired from the Sheriff’s Department in 2015 and now works part-time for the Mount Pulaski Police Department, but it’s often his years spent in Logan County classrooms that make him something of a local celebrity.

He joked on Friday that he could probably write a book with the memories he’s accumulated through the program since 1998 from teaching at Mount Pulaski Grade School, West-Lincoln Broadwell and Olympia South.

“I’ve just enjoyed the opportunity to be around a number of kids at the elementary age [and] inspire thought with regard to making good decisions,” Brown said.

He stressed the importance of schools having police officers involved with students at a young age, “It gives them a better opinion of law enforcement and shows them that we’re not the ‘bad guys’ they portray us as on TV.”

He’s often asked whether he considers DARE to be an effective program. “People ask ‘does it work?’ I think it does. It’s not going to work with every kid, but every kid is different,” he said.

“You have to have parental involvement to some degree; they have to coincide with the values and principles of DARE- good decision making, just making good choices about the different situations they’ll encounter.”

From personal experience, Brown knows the program has had a positive and longstanding impact on many of the students he’s taught over the years. “You [see] kids who have kids of their own now come up to you in a restaurant to introduce their kids to their old DARE teacher,” he laughed.

Lincoln Police Officer Christy Fruge, who also teaches DARE, said Friday that Brown has been a community leader for years.

“I can’t teach a DARE class without one of my students asking if I know Mr. Brown,” she said. “The kids love him. He is not the type of person that demands respect, he just gets respect.”

“He has had much success professionally and personally and I am proud he is not only a co-worker [and] fellow DARE Officer, but someone I consider a friend.”

When he’s not in the classroom or in a squad car, Brown can often be found at the front of a different type of class- at Lincoln Taekwondo, the “dojang” on Woodlawn Road that he’s run since 1982.

As he prepares to celebrate his 63rd birthday next week, Brown said that he’s been enjoying his retirement and the opportunities it affords him to exercise and stay on top of his health.

“I stay healthy to lead by example, not just for the kids in the class, but also for my own kids and grandkids.” It’s for that reason that Brown doesn’t drink or smoke and does his best to eat a healthy diet, “not that I don’t enjoy a Blizzard every now and then,” he said with a laugh.

When it comes to his latest accolade, Brown said, “I’m honored to have received the award; it was kind of unexpected, but it’s quite an honor to be recognized for something I didn’t expect recognition for, I’m just happy I was able to do what I was able to do.”

From The Lincoln Courier

School Districts See Benefits in Connecting Cops, Students

School Districts See Benefits in Connecting Cops, Students

Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy Chastity Anderson is the school resource officer for the Western, Griggsville-Perry and Pleasant Hill school districts. After tensions across the country have risen between law enforcement and various groups, some have made a push to...

D.A.R.E. Isn’t Just About Drugs

D.A.R.E. Isn’t Just About Drugs

Photo: D.A.R.E. Officer and Vermilion County Sheriff’s Deputy Jay Miller in his office at the Public Safety Building.
Miller’s duties take to several schools in the county. Parents can use the extra assistance when it comes to helping their children make right decisions…

Logan County D.A.R.E. Graduates

Logan County D.A.R.E. Graduates

Chad Eimer (center), Jason Rohrer (left), and Trent Park (right) graduated from the Illinois D.A.R.E. Officer Training…

Troy Students Graduate from D.A.R.E. Program

Troy Students Graduate from D.A.R.E. Program

Several William B. Orenic Intermediate School students were recently recognized at the Shorewood Village Hall as D.A.R.E. program graduates. Back row from left: Shorewood Police Officer Weston Barlog, Mrs. America Nicole Cook, Sergeant James Butcher, Sergeant Nicholas...

“May your good work continue”

“May your good work continue”

Princeton Police Chief Tom Kammerer (left) stands with Princeton D.A.R.E. Officer Rob Jensen, who was recently awarded as Illinois’ D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year. Jensen, who has been in charge of Princeton’s D.A.R.E. program for 20 years, attended the awards ceremony...

Hamilton Country D.A.R.E. Graduation

Hamilton Country D.A.R.E. Graduation

Representatives Finnie (L) and Severin (R), with Hamilton County Sheriff Robert Crow. There was a pretty big deal going on in Hamilton County. Sheriff Robert Crow held his 30th graduation! Sheriff Crow, to my knowledge, is the longest running D.A.R.E. Officer in the...

D.A.R.E. Day at Dozer is Smaller, but Still Mighty

D.A.R.E. Day at Dozer is Smaller, but Still Mighty

Members of the Thomas Jefferson School music club sing the national anthem on the field Tuesday before the D.A.R.E. baseball game at Dozer Park in Peoria. PEORIA — For decades, D.A.R.E. Day has been a fixture on the Peoria Chiefs’ schedule. The traditional late...

Jersey D.A.R.E. program honors four students with scholarships

Jersey D.A.R.E. program honors four students with scholarships

The 2018 Jersey D.A.R.E. scholarship winners are shown with D.A.R.E. officer Rich Portwood and board member Bob Jones. The youth are, Blake Wittman, Caitlyn King, Taylor Young and Alec Fry. JERSEY - The Jersey D.A.R.E. organization recently presented scholarship...

Copyright © 2020 D.A.R.E. America. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright © 2020 D.A.R.E. America.
All Rights Reserved.