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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 in Peoria June 15. Kammerer, speaking at Monday’s Princeton City Council meeting, summarized the letter sent to the police department announcing that Jensen had been selected as the 2018 Officer of the Year.

The letter stated to Jensen that his service to his community, and specifically to the children whose safety and well-being he is entrusted with, is “noble and honorable.” Reading from the letter, Kammerer said, “May your good work continue for many years to come.” Kammerer also said this award to Jensen was “very, very well deserved,” and he was impressed with the impact Jensen has made on the community.

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

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

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...

D.A.R.E. Program Continues to Grow in Missouri

In a letter to Illinois D.A.R.E. Training Coordinator Kim Giugler, John Fellows of the Sedalia Police Department provided updates on the D.A.R.E. program in Missouri. He mentioned that D.A.R.E. continues to grow in Missouri, and that Missouri D.A.R.E. offers multiple...

District 123 Students D.A.R.E. to Resist Drugs and Violence

Fifth-grade students at Sward Elementary graduated from the D.A.R.E. Program after participating in the program for the last few months. Detective Tom Cronin congratulated the students and applauded them for their promise to turn away from drugs and violence. “I am...

Top Essay Writers Honored

St. Boniface Catholic School fifth graders Cecelia Edwards, Lillian Gilbertson, Rachel Kretzer, and Spencer Martin were honored and read their winning D.A.R.E. essays recently during the St. Boniface fifth graders’ D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony. Pictured are St. Boniface Catholic School fifth-grade students with members of the Edwardsville Police Department at D.A.R.E. graduation.

Christmas with a Cop Brings Holiday Cheer

Christmas has come early this year for some Edwardsville children. Members of the Edwardsville Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 244 met early Saturday morning with 22 preselected children to shop at the Edwardsville Target for Christmas. Each child was awarded $200 to spend on Christmas presents on his or her wish lists. Sergeant Matt Breihan said with this being the eighth year of the program, two more kids were added to be sponsored for the event this year.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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