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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.