DATE:  September 27, 2019 
Janelle Love
Media Relations Office
301-609-6538 or 301-848-4799

Charles County Sheriff’s Officers Complete D.A.R.E. Instructor Training

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is pleased to announce the graduation of three school resource officers from the 35th Maryland D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer Training class recently held at the Maryland Public Safety Education and Training Center in Sykesville. PFC Jennifer Brown, PFC Stefan Hillman, and PFC Shawn Joffe were among officers from across the region to complete the two-week, 80-hour certification course to become some of the nation’s newest D.A.R.E. instructors.

D.A.R.E. is a community-based, nationwide program which links law enforcement, schools and parents in a partnership to educate children about the dangers of drugs, gangs, and violence. The class is taught by police officers who present information to children in a classroom environment, providing skills on how to resist drugs and how to build resiliency to staying away from drugs. The program also includes discussions on bullying, internet safety, cyber-bullying, and prescription drug abuse. D.A.R.E. instructors are certified to deliver programs to students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

In Charles County, school resource officers are assigned to every high school and middle school on a full-time basis. These officers are also responsible for interacting with students at elementary schools. “We are committed to ensuring safety in our schools as well as mentoring the youth in Charles County,” said Sheriff Berry. “Our School Resource Officers play a critical role in that endeavor, and teaching D.A.R.E. is one important tool they use. We hope this impacts the students and gives them something to think about when faced with tough choices in school and throughout life.”

For more information about the CCSO School Resource Unit, visit

Photo Cutline (Left to right): Lt. Scott Grove, PFC Jennifer Brown, PFC Stefan Hillman, PFC Shawn Joffe, and Sgt. Jared Cooney

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit

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