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It was said, “Anyone who knew her couldn’t be in the same room with her and not be happy, and anyone in the room who didn’t know her soon would.”

Monica Sauls, having served the Highlands County Sheriff Office (FL) for 41 years, retired in 2012. Monica devoted most of her law enforcement career as an advocate for children. It was reported on June 22nd that Monica passed at the age of 63.

Monica was a D.A.R.E. officer and mentor for more than 20 years. She not only had a positive influence on students in Florida, but also upon many D.A.R.E. officers.

“Her passion was kids, both their happiness and their safety”, said Susan Benton, former Highlands County sheriff. Shortly after graduating high school in 1971, “Sauls started work at the Sheriff’s Office as a secretary, then as a dispatcher, then got certified as a deputy.”

She started working with kids in 1974 as investigator of juvenile crimes and was instrumental in launching the county’s D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness and Resistance Education) program, serving many years as a school resource deputy. She also established public education programs on drug abuse, sexual assault, career awareness, home security, child abuse and crimes against the elderly.

Monica will be missed.

WCSO is Teaching Kids to Be Drug Free

Sheriff Kevin crews is bringing back the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program to Washington County schools.

The program hasn’t been taught in Washington County since 2007.

The course was offered to fifth graders at Vernon Elementary School and Kate Smith Elementary School in Chipley.

Lake Sheriff Bringing Back Drug-Education Program to Classrooms

Collier County Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Vila teaches D.A.R.E. to deputies from around the state at the Lake County sheriff's training academy in Tavares (Jason Ruiter/Orlando Sentinel). A law officer practicing a drug-education awareness course for elementary students...

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TAVARES — The anti-drug program D.A.R.E. is preparing to make a comeback in Lake County schools after years on the sidelines because of budget cuts. Deputies from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office started going through an 80-hour training class on Monday for the Drug...

Collier County student gets new wheelchair

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- In this season of giving, a Collier County boy is getting the most meaningful gift of all, independence. The 10-year-old was using a broken wheelchair because insurance wouldn’t pay for a new one. But now, thanks to the generous hearts and...


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