CCSO Officer Becomes DARE Certified
Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey is pleased to announce the graduation of PFC Amy Upshaw from Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) instructor training held Aug. 19 – Aug. 30 at the Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville, MD. PFC Upshaw was among 20 other officers from across the region to complete the two-week certification course to become one of the nation’s newest DARE instructors.
DARE is a community based program which links law enforcement, schools and parents in a partnership for children. The class is taught by uniformed police officers who present information to children in a classroom environment providing resistance skills and building resiliency. DARE instructors are certified to deliver programs at the K-4, Elementary and Middle School level, as well as a selection of lessons regarding bullying, gangs, internet safety, cyber-bullying, Rx/OTC drugs, and other issues.
PFC Upshaw is a school resource officer assigned to General Smallwood Middle School. With her graduation, there are a total of 14 DARE instructors with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.