The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office is one of several law enforcement agencies in the area. Upholding the law from Camp Hill to Alexander City, New Site to Reeltown, the officers of the sheriff’s department are a very visible presence in communities across the county. However, they are much more than a law enforcement agency. Offering programs to the public on several different safety topics, perhaps none is more recognizable than the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program.
“The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department provides numerous programs for residents and non-residents,” said Lt. William Hough, a chief investigator and training officer with the sheriff’s department. “One such program is the D.A.R.E./SRO program which provides a trained School Resource Officer in each of the county schools and provides the D.A.R.E. program as well as other educational and awareness programs for students.”
Easily the most well-known of any law enforcement outreach program, D.A.R.E. educates students on the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, bullying and Internet safety, among other things, according to Hough.
“It provides training materials and testing to ensure that they are aware of the consequences of their choices and provide alternatives when making decisions,” Hough said.
While the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department provides the D.A.R.E. program to students in the county schools, the department offers many other programs to the public.
“The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department works with everyone in the community,” Hough said. “A number of programs offered include but are not limited to women’s self-defense classes, children’s self-defense classes, firearms safety classes, Internet safety classes, Project Lifesaver, and awareness classes for PTO/PTA, church and civic groups.”
Like the other agencies who have partnered with the Lake Martin Area United Way, the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office enjoys a good working relationship with the United Way.
“We have a great and positive relationship,” Hough said. “They provide funding which allows us to continue the school programs and ensuring that the needs of the students are always met.”
For more information about the D.A.R.E. program of Tallapoosa County, as well as the multitude of other programs they offer, they can be contacted through the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office at 256-825-4264, while a list of their programs and other information can be found at www.tallaco.com, then clicking on “Sheriff” on the left side of the page.