Editorial from

Education is the best defense against ignorance.

In an era of proposing to defund the work of local law enforcement — effectively handcuffing officers and deputies from doing their jobs — Watauga, Ashe, Avery and much of the High Country get painted with the same broad national brush.

To be supported then are the efforts of our departments and offices to teach and inform those in the communities they serve about the roles of law enforcement.

Best, is when such information can be shared and offered to those who have no or limited preconceptions — in other words, with our children.

We saw a fine example of this in Ashe County on Saturday as the sheriff’s department hosted a “Deputy 4 A Day” back-to-school drive-through event. On that day, hundreds of children and their families received school supplies and an education from deputies and others — including the show stoppers, K-9 officers Rhino and William — during a COVID-appropriate event at Government Circle.

In Watauga and other areas, programs such as D.A.R.E. (and its more recent update: D.A.R.E. to KARE) similarly seek to not only educate for now, but teach for the future. The D.A.R.E. program itself, by example, “envisions a world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance use and other dangerous behaviors.”

Education works. Indeed, it may be the only thing that imparts lasting values.

Our local law officers are to be commended for taking the time to teach today our neighbors of tomorrow.

D.A.R.E. program returns to district with HISD PD training program

D.A.R.E. program returns to district with HISD PD training program

Published in the HISD News Blog The Houston Independent School District announced the return of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program to select HISD schools at a press conference on Monday. “I am so very excited about D.A.R.E. returning to HISD,”...

D.A.R.E. Program Returns to EPS After 10-Year Absence

D.A.R.E. Program Returns to EPS After 10-Year Absence

ENID, Okla. — Enid Public Schools Campus Police Officer Bryan Rios is ready to bring the renowned Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or D.A.R.E., program back to the district after more than a decade. D.A.R.E. is a nationwide initiative to give students skills to avoid...

Lexington Police Surprise Special Needs Student with Birthday Parade

Lexington Police Surprise Special Needs Student with Birthday Parade

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Josh Guzman’s teachers say every time they see him, he’s a ray of sunshine. Those same teachers wanted to give that same positive energy back by throwing the teen a special birthday parade. A line of police cruisers rolled through the Winburn...

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

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