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D.A.R.E to make a come back

D.A.R.E to make a come back
Story and photo by Yvonne Johnson
APG News
Reprinted with permission of APG News
A popular program to deter youth from illegal drugs during the 1980s and 90s, the D.A.R.E. program is about to make a comeback in a big way on Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Community Policing Officer Mike "Big Mike" Farlow said that the state of Maryland has revised the program and that APG will be among the first communities to "get on board." "It's definitely coming back," Farlow said. "They tried other programs since then and none of them worked. "The new D.A.R.E is more interactive. Drug prevention remains the focus but it's also about good decision making," he added.

We plan to implement it on post with our children, first at Aberdeen in the spring and hopefully expand it to Edgewood during the summer."
Fourth and fifth 
graders in the Aberdeen Youth Center Before and After School 
program listen as APG Community Police Officer Mike Farlow 
and his bulldog Chopper The Crime Stopper, tells them about 
the D.A.R.E. program that will be revitalized at Aberdeen 
Proving Ground this spring.
Fourth and fifth graders in the Aberdeen Youth Center Before and After School program listen as APG Community Police Officer Mike "Big Mike" Farlow and his bulldog "Chopper The Crime Stopper," tells them about the D.A.R.E. program that will be revitalized at Aberdeen Proving Ground this spring.

Farlow visited the Aberdeen Youth Center and Child Development Center to introduce the program to fourth and fifth graders and pre-schoolers who may be interested in signing up.

He brought along his D.A.R.E. mascot and family pet, "Chopper the crime stopper," a friendly bulldog dressed in a black vest with the D.A.R.E. logo on it. The children were charmed by Chopper and seemed interested in what Farlow had to say.

"We just came to introduce the program and give them something to look forward to," Farlow said. "Most of them seemed very interested."

The D.A.R.E. program begins in January at the APG CDC and in March at the APG Youth Center.

"Fourth, fifth and sixth graders who sign up will take the class Thursday mornings from about 7:15 to 8:15," said Katie Knoth, child and youth program assistant. "The course is 10 weeks with the tenth week being graduation," Farlow added.

"We plan to invite local officials and even the governor because everyone realizes the importance of the D.A.R.E. program," he said. "It's a big deal and it's coming back."
We are interested in your comments. Please contact Claude Nelson, 410-875-3426 or email us.
Revised: February 04, 2008
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