Hello, my name is Mitchel Karner and I am the D.A.R.E. Deputy for Auglaize County. I would like to welcome you to the D.A.R.E. web page. Since you are here, I guess you might want to know a little bit about the D.A.R.E. program.
This year millions of school children around the world will benefit from D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation's school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world. D.A.R.E. is a law enforcement officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th. grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
The D.A.R.E. program in Auglaize County was established in St.Marys City Schools in January of 1991, by Patrolman Scott Evans of the St.Marys Police Department. In the fall of 1994, the program went countywide with Scott R. Evans becoming a Deputy with the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office, offering D.A.R.E. to all six school districts. (St.Marys, Wapakoneta, New Bremen, Minster, New Knoxville and Waynesfield.) The program is also offered at Holy Rosary School in St.Marys. From 2007 through 2018, Deputy Samuel Blank took over the DARE program for Auglaize County and added the "Keepin' it Real" program or KIR for short, to every public school student in Auglaize County.
The D.A.R.E. curriculum is designed to be taught by law enforcement officers whose training and experience gave them the background needed to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about drugs and crime.
Prior to entering the D.A.R.E. program, officers undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills.
• D.A.R.E. "humanizes" the police: that is, young people can begin to relate to officers as people.
• D.A.R.E. permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role.
• D.A.R.E. opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth.
• D.A.R.E. Officers can serve as conduits to provide information beyond drug-related topics.
If you have any further questions or if I can be of any assistance please feel free to contact me.
Deputy Mitch Karner