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26 Officers Graduate from D.A.R.E. Training

(September 25, 2012)---One of the longest-running substance abuse prevention programs in Americaís schools has a strong Maryland connection. D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse Resistance Education, is taught to law enforcement photo1officers from around the nation and the world by Marylandís own Claude Nelson, a retired police officer who now works with the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Servicesí Md. Community Crime Prevention Institute, a unit within the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission.

Nelson has taught thousands of law enforcement professionals - and thousands of children - the D.A.R.E. principals. He is considered one of the foremost D.A.R.E. authorities in the nation, and recently received a lifetime achievement award from D.A.R.E.

This month, under Nelsonís supervision, 26 new officers graduated from D.A.R.E. training at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville. Those officers represent four states - Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and even Texas - and sixteen law enforcement agencies. They will now go back to their home communities and help children avoid the temptations and dangers of substance abuse.

To find out how D.A.R.E. might be able to help your school or school system, contact Claude Nelson at 410-875-3426. And make sure to ask about the many other crime prevention programs offered by the Maryland Community Crime Prevention Institute.