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.