The Township of Washington D.A.R.E. Officers:
Primary - P.O. Heather Castronova
Assisted by - Lt. Rich Skinner, Cpl. Michael Glock, P.O. William Jackson and P.O. Vincent Montalbano.
Two year old Jake Faggello posing in front of a Township
patrol car during the Ragamuffin Parade - 10/30/2010
Twp. Of Washington Police D.A.R.E. Program
The WTPD DARE Program is a comprehensive drug and violence prevention education program taught in the Westwood Regional Schools and Immaculate Heart Academy. The curriculum, written by health education specialists, is taught by highly trained police officers at the elementary, junior high and high school level. A parent program is also offered to residents of the community. The Twp. Of Washington Police were one of the first departments to have a fully operational DARE Program reaching students of all grade levels and their respective parents.
School children, parents, teachers, school administrators, government and community leaders all have commented favorably on the Twp. Of Washington DARE Program. Students who have experienced the DARE lessons have exhibited a 30% - 40% increase in knowledge about substance abuse and violence. These statistics are gathered from pretest vs. post test scores which are tracked by computer data entry.
The DARE Program is not the entire solution for drug abuse and violence in society, but it is an effective prevention program that teaches children important life skills. D.A.R.E. is also an excellent community relations program.
For further information on the Washington Township D.A.R.E. Program, contact Officer Castronova at:
For more information on the D.A.R.E. Program visit: www.darenj.org
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