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SRO Completes D.A.R.E. Instructor Course

The Seneca Falls Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of Sergeant Michael Poole, the Seneca Falls Central School’s Resource Officer from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) training held at the New York State Fire Academy in Montour Falls, New York. Sergeant Poole was one of several officers to complete this intensive 80-hour DARE training course. DARE is a community based, nation-wide program which links law enforcement, schools and parents in a partnership to educate children about the dangers of drugs. The class is taught by police officers who present information to children in a classroom environment, providing skills on how to resist drugs and how to build resiliency to staying away from drugs. In addition, some of the other lessons discussed under the DARE program include bullying, gangs, internet safety, cyber-bullying, prescription drug abuse, vaping and mental health.

Sergeant Poole will begin teaching DARE to fifth grade students at Elizabeth Cady Stanton. He will be co-teaching along with his predecessor, School Resource Officer Investigator Denny for one year. Sergeant Poole will take on the full DARE responsibility in 2023.

At the completion of his training, the DARE instructional team presented Sergeant Poole with the DOT Class 59, “Daren” the DARE lion. This award was given to Sergeant Poole for his supportive teamwork abilities and demonstrating strong leadership to the class.

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