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SUMMERSET, S.D. – Sheriff’s deputies and police officers are partnering together to teach decision-making skills in kids.

Meade County Sheriff’s Office and Summerset Police Department are teaming up to launch D.A.R.E., a decision-making skills program, at Stagebarn Middle School in February.

Law enforcement will educate kids on bullying, internet safety, and substances over a 10 week course. The students will then talk to their parents about the lessons at home to reinforce what they learned.

The instructors will also form a positive relationship with each student to build a lasting trust with law enforcement.

Deputy Sheriff David Moore with Meade Co. Sheriff’s Office hopes that the lessons will last into each child’s adulthood.

“They’re going to be more comfortable going up to a law enforcement officer out in the field,” Moore said. “As they get older – if they’ve already had a good relationship with law enforcement at some point – hopefully that will care on into their adult life.”

Meade Co. Sheriff’s deputies will serve as instructors while Summerset Police work on certifying an officer by 2020. The police department will then fully take over the Summerset program next year.

Students are expected to graduate from the program in April.

From KNBN NewsCenter1

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