D.A.R.E. & SRO
The Bremer County Sheriff's Office provides a D.A.R.E. Instructor to the following School Districts in Bremer County: Janesville, Denver, Tripoli, Wapsie Valley, Sumner/Fredericksburg, at 6 different locations. Todays D.A.R.E. meets the common core standards and is the largest prevention program in the USA, the curriculum is taught in over 43 countries around the world. Deputy Terry Dehmlow with over 42 years of experience has served as a School Resource Officer for these schools prior to retiring in May of 2019. Last school year (18-19)the D.A.R.E. curriculum was taught to approximately 500 students at six different schools. The DARE Program promotes making good decisions and choices based on the facts and the information the student has available, Define, Assess, Respond, and Evaluate!! The Jr. High DARE Classes revolve around Four strategies that have been proven to work for teenagers, this was based on over 20 years of research. The Keepin It REAL Curriculum, Refuse, Explain, Avoid, and Leave. We provide classroom instruction K-12 on a large variety of topics concerning the safety of all our students. By providing Preventative instruction as well as Intervention in current events, it is our goal that all students feel safe in the school environment offering each individual every opportunity for success. The SRO is also available as a Resource to Principals thoughout the county in dealing with difficult situations and provides classroom assistance upon the request of teachers on a variety of subjects.
Deputy Kyle Shores became our newest DARE Instructor completing the 2 week DARE OFFICER TRAINING at Camp Dodge in September. He is an excellent addition to this program and is currently instructing the students in Tripoli and Readlyn. Deputy Shores has taken over all the programs beginning in September 2019.
All D.A.R.E. Students complete the program by writing an essay. The following essay was written by one of our D.A.R.E. Students. Essays like this make the program worth all the time and effort the BCSO puts into it.
D.A.R.E. is one of the best classes I will ever have taken. We learned so much about drugs, bullying, how to make good decisions, and how to be a good citizen. Since we learned so much I made an oath that I promise to follow. I pledge to be drug and alcohol free and to not be a bully but to stand up to bullies. I also promise to be a good citizen and help others. I vow to do everything that is responsible.
One of the really fun things we did in D.A.R.E. was meet with four seniors. They said that they usually never got offered to drink because they surround themselves with good people. They also talked to us about how important it is to get good grades. They all were so nice and I could tell they were really good citizens. When I am in high school I want to be drug and alcohol free and be a role model for younger kids like them.
I learned so much in D.A.R.E. One of the things we learned about was drugs. Did you know 400,000 Americans die each year from tobacco? We also learned how to say no to drugs, smoking, and alcohol. You have to say no confidently and if you leave, don’t look back. You could also give another idea for something else to do but if you do, make sure you say it excitedly. Yet another thing we learned about was pressure. When responding to pressure or peer pressure you should be calm and use the DDMM. We learned how to communicate confidently, too. Next we learned about stress. We came up with lots of ways to relieve stress like reading, crying, and napping. Finally we learned about bullying. If you see bullying you should stick up for the victim or responsibly report it. Those are just the basic things we learned in D.A.R.E.
The D.A.R.E. decisioning making model (DDMM) was one of the most important things I learned about. It made me really realize that I needed to think about the decisions I make. The first step is defining your problem. Next is assessing the choices you could make. After you’ve done that, you have to respond and pick one of your choices. Finally, you evaluate by thinking about the decision you made. Those steps have really helped me think about my decisions and helped me make responsible decisions, too.
When I have a hard choice to make I will always use the DDMM. I will remind myself to calm down and just think about my problem. Then I will think about the choices I could chose. I will then chose one of my choices. Finally after I have made my decision I will think about if I made a good one or not. I will also think back to what drugs and alcohol do to your body to prevent myself from doing them. I will always use the things learned in D.A.R.E.
D.A.R.E. has made me learn so much and I know I will always remember the things I learned from Deputy Dehmlow. I will also honor the pledge I have made: I pledge to be drug and alcohol free and to not bully but to stand up to bullies. I also promise to be a good citizen and help others. I vow to do everything that is responsible.