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Back row: Sgt. Harry Callithen, Deputies Rachel Sporrer, Darah Danner, Bret Vulakovich. Front row: Deputy Tony Sawl and Captain Brain Karenbauer

Butler, Pennsylvania school districts, both public and private, welcome D.A.R.E.  Officers into their fifth grade classrooms.  The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is proud to take part in giving our children the skills necessary to make good decisions for their future.  D.A.R.E. believes that if you can teach youth to make safe and responsible decisions, it will guide them to healthy choices, not only about drugs, but across all parts of their lives. The D.A.R.E program is a drug prevention program with many other benefits including developing positive relationships between our youth and law enforcement.   As they grow to be responsible citizens, they will lead healthier and more productive Drug-Free lives.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office currently has 6 D.A.R.E. Officers that cover 6 public school districts and 7 private schools.  The D.A.R.E. program at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office reaches over 1,500 students a year, and is in 70 classrooms throughout Butler County; giving each student the skills necessary to make good decisions in the future.

At Mars Centennial School in Butler County Pennsylvania, there is a memorial on the wall near their library of the late Assistant Chief Edward Brooks from the Adams Township Police.  Assistant Chief Brooks was instrumental in starting the D.A.R.E. program in the Mars Area School District in 1996 and continued up and until his death in 2009.  The school district has memorialized his efforts and his affect in their community all as a result of the D.A.R.E. program.

Bristol Borough Students Graduate D.A.R.E. Program

Bristol Borough Students Graduate D.A.R.E. Program

Students at Snyder-Girotti Elementary School in Bristol Borough graduated from the police department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) program this week. The students each received certificates and a carry bag donated by the Bristol Borough Police Benevolent...

Butler County D.A.R.E. Graduations

Butler County D.A.R.E. Graduations

Butler, Pennsylvania school districts, both public and private, welcome D.A.R.E. Officers into their fifth-grade classrooms. The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is proud to take part in giving our children the skills necessary to make good decisions for their…

Butler County, PA Graduates Nearly 1,500 Students

Butler County, PA Graduates Nearly 1,500 Students

The Butler County Sheriff’s department wrapped up another successful year of D.A.R.E. This year the Butler County Sheriff’s Office provided the D.A.R.E. keepin' It REAL program to nearly 1,500 fifth graders in 15 elementary schools both public and private. Through the...

TAMS students take D.A.R.E. pledge

TAMS students take D.A.R.E. pledge

About 200 Tunkhannock Area Middle School fifth graders rose to the D.A.R.E. challenge on Friday by graduating from the 10-week course. The Drug Awareness Resistance and Education program works to teach students how to meet a variety of life’s challenges - including...

Brookville Students Graduate from D.A.R.E. Program

Brookville Students Graduate from D.A.R.E. Program

Brookville, Jefferson County, Pa. - It was a day of celebration for more than 100 5th graders at Hickory Grove Elementary in Brookville. However, this ceremony wasn't the usual pomp and circumstance. The students, instead, were pledging to resist drugs and alcohol...

Drugs Take Vast Toll

Drugs Take Vast Toll

A letter to the editor of Butler Eagle, from Ashley Hevesy, BSN, RN Butler. The number of overdoses Butler County has seen is absurd. In August, emergency officials responded to six apparent overdoses in a span of nine hours in Butler County, according to news reports.