Chief Allan Baer of the North Baltimore Police Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Officer Mandy Slane as D.A.R.E. Officer for the North Baltimore community. Officer Slane will present the D.A.R.E. Program to elementary and middle school students in the North Baltimore Local School District.
As part of her training, Officer Slane is certified in the K-4 (Kindergarten through 4th grade visitation), Elementary and Middle School curriculums.
The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program is an internationally recognized, model program created in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
D.A.R.E. provides students from kindergarten through high school with the skills necessary to recognize and resist pressures to experiment with drugs and to avoid gangs and violence. Lessons emphasize self-esteem, decision making, interpersonal communication skills, the consequences of drug abuse, conflict resolution and positive alternatives to substance abuse.
The most important facet of D.A.R.E. is the use of specially trained law enforcement officers to deliver the curriculum within the schools Officers are accepted as authorities on drug abuse, as they deal with drug abuse and its consequences on a daily basis.
In order to be certified to instruct D.A.R.E., Officer Slane was first interviewed by a panel of police executives, D.A.R.E. Officers and school administrators. After approval, Officer Slane completed two weeks (80 hours) of intensive training by Ohio’s accredited D.A.R.E. Training Center. Officers are trained by the Law Enforcement Foundation, the only entity in Ohio authorized to train D.A.R.E. Officers.
Ohio’s D.A.R.E. program is sponsored by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and the Law Enforcement Foundation.
Officer Slane, who resides in Wood County, is a 13 year veteran of the North Baltimore Police Department. She is excited about the program and eager to begin her new duties.