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John Gabriel

D.A.R.E. Officer John Gabriel poses by a car that was auctioned off for the D.A.R.E. program before Sunday’s Demolition Derby. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Van Wert County School Resource Officer John Gabriel said this past weekend that he has been overwhelmed by the support of the local community for the Van Wert County’s D.A.R.E. program. He cited the money raised through the D.A.R.E. car fund-raiser at the county fair as an example of the public’s way of standing by the program designed to assist area youth in making proper choices concerning drugs and alcohol.

Gabriel noted that it has been over 20 years since the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program was instituted in the county by former Sheriff Stan Owens. Since the beginning of the program, said Gabriel, thousands of students at Van Wert, Crestview, Lincolnview, St. Mary’s Catholic and the Marsh Foundation Schools have participated in the D.A.R.E. program.

Gabriel said that currently, emphasis is placed on drug resistance especially in the fifth and seventh grade classes. The eight grade class receives training on the misuse and understanding of prescription drugs.

“The whole thing is about child safety and staying drug free,” said Gabriel. “The public encourages us by supporting this effort in giving like we’ve seen the past few weeks to this effort.”

“D.A.R.E. provides students from kindergarten through high school with the skills necessary to recognize and resist pressures to experiment with drugs and to avoid gangs and violence,” continued Gabriel. “Lessons emphasize self-esteem, decision making, interpersonal communication skills, the consequences of drug abuse, conflict resolution and positive alternatives, to substance abuse.”

Gabriel noted that the most important factor of D.A.R.E. is the use of specially trained police officers to deliver the curriculum within the schools. Police officers are accepted as authorities on drug abuse as they deal with drug abuse and its consequences on a regular basis.

In order to be certified to instruct D.A.R.E., a police officer is first interviewed by a panel of police executives, DARE officers and school administrators. If approved, the officer must then complete two weeks of intensive training by Ohio’s accredited Training Center.

“We do everything that we can to touch every grade level we can concerning drugs on our streets,” said Gabriel. “We do all that we can to motivate to make decisions concerning leadership in making good decisions. “

Gabriel said that one of the most satisfying moments for him is when one of his students comes up to him and says that they had recently used some of the skills they had learned from his class to resist approaches concerning drugs in their own lives.

From Times Bulletin

D.A.R.E. Officer John Gabriel poses by a car that was auctioned off for the D.A.R.E. program before Sunday’s Demolition Derby. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart).

VAN WERT – Van Wert County School Resource Officer John Gabriel said this past weekend that he has been overwhelmed by the support of the local community for the Van Wert County’s D.A.R.E. program. He cited the money raised through the D.A.R.E. car fund-raiser at the county fair as an example of the public’s way of standing by the program designed to assist area youth in making proper choices concerning drugs and alcohol.

Gabriel noted that it has been over 20 years since the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program was instituted in the county by former Sheriff Stan Owens. Since the beginning of the program, said Gabriel, thousands of students at Van Wert, Crestview, Lincolnview, St. Mary’s Catholic and the Marsh Foundation Schools have participated in the D.A.R.E. program.

Gabriel said that currently, emphasis is placed on drug resistance especially in the fifth and seventh grade classes. The eight grade class receives training on the misuse and understanding of prescription drugs.

“The whole thing is about child safety and staying drug free,” said Gabriel. “The public encourages us by supporting this effort in giving like we’ve seen the past few weeks to this effort.”

“D.A.R.E. provides students from kindergarten through high school with the skills necessary to recognize and resist pressures to experiment with drugs and to avoid gangs and violence,” continued Gabriel. “Lessons emphasize self-esteem, decision making, interpersonal communication skills, the consequences of drug abuse, conflict resolution and positive alternatives, to substance abuse.”

Gabriel noted that the most important factor of D.A.R.E. is the use of specially trained police officers to deliver the curriculum within the schools. Police officers are accepted as authorities on drug abuse as they deal with drug abuse and its consequences on a regular basis.

In order to be certified to instruct D.A.R.E., a police officer is first interviewed by a panel of police executives, DARE officers and school administrators. If approved, the officer must then complete two weeks of intensive training by Ohio’s accredited Training Center.

“We do everything that we can to touch every grade level we can concerning drugs on our streets,” said Gabriel. “We do all that we can to motivate to make decisions concerning leadership in making good decisions. “

Gabriel said that one of the most satisfying moments for him is when one of his students comes up to him and says that they had recently used some of the skills they had learned from his class to resist approaches concerning drugs in their own lives.

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