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Hand-Out of Essential Materials, for DARE programs Statewide
Tuesday, August 28, 2012

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Sheriff Leon Lott announced that on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 11:00 am Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) officers from across the state will pick up supplies to help guide students in avoiding drugs or other high risk behaviors. The pick up will be at the back door of the Richland County Sheriff's Department located at 5623 Two Notch Road and the media is invited to attend.

The SC D.A.R.E. Training Center provides educational supplies such as D.A.R.E. workbooks, pins, certificates, pencils and buttons at no cost to taxpayers. The D.A.R.E. program is offered to students at no charge thanks to a partnership between D.A.R.E. America and the Mid Atlantic Recycling Bin Program (M.A.C.) – this partnership raised $28,000 to pay for these new materials.

In 2003, the D.A.R.E. program faced the risk of being terminated because of a lack of funding. Sheriff Leon Lott thought DARE was too important and took on the program with no financial support. Sheriff Leon Lott helped create a DARE training center assuming the role of Executive Administrator; making sure every D.A.R.E. instructor completes their 80 hours of required certified training. Over the past 8 years 112 officers across South Carolina have been trained to teach DARE and 78,348 children have been taught the DARE curriculum.

For the last 16 years Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott has lead the Department with the philosophy and management style set on the corner stone of “Building Unity in the Community” through professionalism, passion, vision and commitment. Sheriff Leon Lott's leadership and progressive attitude has led the Department to set the standard across the Country for professionalism and accountability in law enforcement and in community improvement and sustainability.

One of the many visions the Sheriff has is for providing education and success for our children. The Sheriff realizes that the DARE curriculum does just that. DARE connects children to mentors, counselors, supporters and friends - the DARE officers. In today’s society (where sometimes there is no positive role model in the home or two parents are working) DARE is that missing link. It is not a substitute, but it provides that role model, mentor, that supporter and often friend to the children that will steer them in the right direction. DARE provides skills, tools, information and support that will allow them to succeed in the classroom and in life.

The DARE program in South Carolina, under Sheriff Lott’s leadership, was recently recognized by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and D.A.R.E. America; naming Sheriff Leon Lott the 2012 National D.A.R.E. Executive of the year.

Sheriff Leon Lott believes in providing successful tools and resources to our children and has committed to improving the quality of life for all citizens. Sheriff Leon Lott says seeing what the officers do everyday reinforces what can be done when a group is committed to helping young people succeed both inside the classroom and beyond.

For more information about D.A.R.E. please contact Deputy Arlene Sharpe at the SC D.A.R.E. Training Center, (803) 419-5318 or scdare@rcsd.net. http://www.rcsd.net/dare/index.html

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