The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program is an internationally recognized, model program created in 1983. The program started in 1992 at the Wood County Sheriff’s Office with one officer and has expanded to three full-time and one part-time D.A.R.E. deputies.
The program is co-sponsored by the Ohio Attorney General, the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Ohio Department of Education, in cooperation with school districts.
The D.A.R.E. curriculum is taught by uniformed law enforcement personnel. It 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 communications skills, the consequences of drug abuse, conflict resolution and positive alternatives to substance abuse.
The Wood County Sheriff’s Office provides the D.A.R.E. program to Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 5th or 6th, and 7th or 8th grade students in seven school districts including Eastwood, Elmwood, Otsego and North Baltimore. Deputies visit each class once a week for a ten-lesson program they present in an engaging and effective manner as well as interacting with students during lunch and recess.
SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS
Sheriff deputies are assigned to the School Resource Officer Program. The program started in the fall 2001, the federal COPS grant provided funding for three years. These Deputies patrol the high schools and middle schools of Eastwood, Elmwood and Otsego School Districts. They handle all calls pertaining to the schools and also teach various classes about crime prevention and awareness. During the summer months these deputies are assigned to various community related activities or to the Road Patrol Division.
Chief Deputy Eric Reynolds
Office: (419) 354-9348
Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl
Office: (419) 373-6522
Deputy Jim Knallay
Office: (419) 354-9001
Deputy Anthony Thompson
Office: (419) 354-9644
Toll free tip line (866) 860-4137
Local tip line (419) 354-9666