OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow announced today (March 1) that the Oswego City Police Department now has the capability to bring the D.A.R.E program to schools in the city of Oswego.
Oswego Police Officer Thomas Grover recently completed his D.A.R.E instructor course.
“Working with Superintendent (Dr. Dean) Goewey and the Oswego City School District, I am excited to offer this program to be incorporated into the 2016-2017 school year as an educational component to the city’s on-going work being done with regard to reducing the negative impact of illegal drugs in the city of Oswego. As we all know, our children are the future of this community and we must do everything we can to protect them. I believe education is the first component of protection. I am proud to bring the D.A.R.E program back into our schools to better educate our youth to be safe and responsible, while making good decisions as they grow older,” said Mayor Barlow.
D.A.R.E.’s vision of “Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives” focuses on more than just the dangers associated with the use and abuse of illegal drugs.
The updated D.A.R.E. curriculum continues a more than thirty-year commitment to providing cutting edge instruction that helps prevent drug use by developing basic, core skills needed for safe and responsible choices – skills that extend well beyond drugs to healthy and mature choices in life.
Police Chief Tory L. DeCaire said, “The D.A.R.E. philosophy is that if you can teach our youth to make safe and responsible decisions, it will guide them to healthy choices, not only about drugs, but across all parts of their lives. As they mature to be responsible citizens and community members, they will lead healthier and more productive drug-free lives. That is a concept that I embrace and support for our city and that is why, under the leadership of Mayor Barlow, the Oswego City Police Department is pleased to offer this program to our community.”