On the evening of July 11, 2023, New Jersey Youth Advocacy Board alumna Julia Manning was sworn in as the first female police officer in Park Ridge, New Jersey.

Julia was the recipient of the 2019 D.A.R.E. America Louis ‘Skip’ Miller National Scholarship Award.

During her three years as a Youth Advocacy Board member, some of her many projects were:

  • Implementing D.A.R.E. at the middle school and high school levels;
  • Implementing the K-12 opioid drug abuse prevention lesson program;
  • Creating PSA videos about the dangers of opioids;
  • Conducting DWI reenactments at her school before prom and graduation;
  • Having recovering addicts speak to the health classes about their struggle with addiction and how they have sought help;
  • Helping Park Ridge Police Department bring the “NOT EVEN ONCE” programs to the junior health students. This program educates students on the dangers of opiates;
    Speaking at the 5th grade D.A.R.E. graduations in her town; and
  • Participating in local town events such as; “coffee with a cop”, Back to “scoop” night, Elks “walk out on drugs”, and speaking to the middle school and underclassman about her experience with D.A.R.E.

The Park Ridge Police Department has been actively supporting the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program since 1989.

Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Officer Training Class 2024

Wisconsin D.A.R.E. Officer Training Class 2024

On May 6-17, 2024, Wisconsin hosted its first D.A.R.E. Officer Training in 16 years. A class of 12 candidates, 11 from Wisconsin and 1 from Michigan, attended and successfully completed the D.O.T. The training team was comprised of State Training Coordinator Steve...

The D.A.R.E. design winner for the Butterfield Elementary bobcats was Jaeden Allen. (Laura S. Crapo/City Journals)

Herriman fifth graders D.A.R.E. to create

From The City Journals

All fifth graders who participated in the D.A.R.E. program this year learned great life lessons. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and is taught by local police officers. These students were eligible to enter the D.A.R.E…

D.A.R.E. Took the Field on Sunday at the Twins

D.A.R.E. Took the Field on Sunday at the Twins

Sunday's D.A.R.E. Day with the Twins was a huge success! Thanks to all of you who participated in the game as approximately 1000 took the field to open the game! Hennepin Co. Sheriff Dewanna Witt and TC lead the parade onto the field. New York Mills PD carried the...