City Certifies First Officers in Drug Education

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Eleven hand-picked Metropolitan Police officers are the first D.C. graduates of the internationally renowned anti-drug program called DARE.

DARE - Drug Abuse Resistance Education - already reaches 25 million students in the United States in kindergarten through 12th grade. Role playing and skits are among the devices used to teach youngsters facts about alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs, as well as techniques to avoid peer pressure. "The program brings together teachers, parents and law enforcement for the sake of our kids," said D.C. Police Chief Larry Soulsby.

Officers under Chief Soulsby's command will begin teaching at schools in each of the city's eight wards this fall. The officers who graduated from the teacher training were honored yesterday during ceremonies at One Judiciary Square.

They are Sgt. Nathan Sims Jr. and Officers Falvia Brooks, Trina Bruce, Lachele Goode, Paulette Jackson, Lynette Turner-Jackson, Eugene Mackey, Antoinette McCoy, Mildred Nightengale, Terrence Shirk and Alfretta Lyles-Green.

"It's obviously a tested and proven program," said U. …