Two Custer County law enforcement officers bring Drug Abuse Resistance Education to students across the county.
Sergeant Shane Fiorelli of the Broken Bow Police Department teaches classes in Broken Bow.
Sheriff Dan Osmond of the Custer County Sheriff's Office instructs students from Anselmo-Merna, Ansley, Arnold, Callaway and Sargent.
What is D.A.R.E.?
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is a program for young students, instructed by uniformed law enforcement officers. D.A.R.E. instructors work with students to raise their self-esteem, teach them how to make decisions on their own and help them identify positive alternatives to drugs.
Since 1990, Broken Bow Police Department and Custer County Sheriff's Office have brought the D.A.R.E. Program to approximately 300 fifth and sixth graders in the county each year.
In Broken Bow, the program involves sixth graders at Broken Bow Middle School, averaging 75 to 80 total students per year. Following the 10- week program, students celebrate completion of the class with D.A.R.E. graduation and a Lock-In Party that further reinforces peer acceptance of a drug-free lifestyle.