The City of Wood River and the Police Department believes that the D.A.R.E. program is essential to our children’s education and skills they need for the mission to say no to drugs and violence. Additionally, it establishes positive relationships between students and law enforcement, teachers, parents, and other community leaders. Every youngster should have the opportunity to grow-up healthy, safe, secure, and equipped with the skills needed to succeed in life. Contemporary America, however, is rampant with challenges that could keep children from a positive life path.
Officer Brad Unser trained at Illinois Central College in 2006 to become a certified D.A.R.E. Officer. He teaches a 17 week course at Lewis & Clark Elementary School on every spring semester. The three fifth grade classes meet weekly with Officer Unser and participate in this educational and enjoyable experience, culminating with the D.A.R.E. graduation in May. Throughout the entire school year, Officer Unser also eats lunch and visits with the students so that his presence is felt through the entire school.
The police department is proud of Officer Unser and feels he will be a great asset to all involved.