D.A.R.E. & SRO
The Bremer County Sheriff's Office provides a D.A.R.E. Instructor to the following School Districts in Bremer County: Janesville, Denver, Tripoli, Wapsie Valley, Sumner/Fredericksburg, Nashua Plainfield, at 10 different locations. Todays D.A.R.E. meets the common core standards and is the largest prevention program in the USA, the curriculum is taught in over 43 countries around the world. Deputy Terry Dehmlow with over 39 years of experience also serves as a School Resource Officer for these schools. Last school year (15-16)the D.A.R.E. curriculum was taught to approximately 575 students at six different schools. The DARE Program promotes making good decisions and choices based on the facts and the information the student has available, Define, Assess, Respond, and Evaluate!! The Jr. High DARE Classes revolve around Four strategies that have been proven to work for teenagers, this was based on over 20 years of research. The Keepin It REAL Curriculum, Refuse, Explain, Avoid, and Leave. We provide classroom instruction K-12 on a large variety of topics concerning the safety of all our students. By providing Preventative instruction as well as Intervention in current events, it is our goal that all students feel safe in the school environment offering each individual every opportunity for success. The SRO is also available as a Resource to Principals thoughout the county in dealing with difficult situations and provides classroom assistance upon the request of teachers on a variety of subjects. He can also be found attending a variety of events outside the normal school day.
The (16-17) school year is under way and D.A.R.E. Classes are currently being taught at the Denver, Janesville, Plainfield, and Readlyn 6th grade classrooms. The Tripoli 5th grade classroom is also receiving the same instruction at this time. Plans are to complete the Nashua/Plainfield-Janesville-Tripoli 8th grade KIR classes before the end of the first semester. Great kids at all our schools and we are doing our best to help them continue on that path and receive a full education.
All D.A.R.E. Students complete the program by writing an
essay. The following essay was written this month by one of our D.A.R.E. Students. Essays like this make the program worth all the time and effort the BCSO puts into it.
D.A.R.E. is one of the best classes I will ever have taken. We learned so much about drugs, bullying, how to make good decisions, and how to be a good citizen. Since we learned so much I made an oath that I promise to follow. I pledge to be drug and alcohol free and to not be a bully but to stand up to bullies. I also promise to be a good citizen and help others. I vow to do everything that is responsible.
One of the really fun things we did in D.A.R.E. was meet with four seniors. They said that they usually never got offered to drink because they surround themselves with good people. They also talked to us about how important it is to get good grades. They all were so nice and I could tell they were really good citizens. When I am in high school I want to be drug and alcohol free and be a role model for younger kids like them.
I learned so much in D.A.R.E. One of the things we learned about was drugs. Did you know 400,000 Americans die each year from tobacco? We also learned how to say no to drugs, smoking, and alcohol. You have to say no confidently and if you leave, don’t look back. You could also give another idea for something else to do but if you do, make sure you say it excitedly . Yet another thing we learned about was pressure. When responding to pressure or peer pressure you should be calm and use the DDMM. We learned how to communicate confidently, too. Next we learned about stress. We came up with lots of ways to relieve stress like reading, crying, and napping. Finally we learned about bullying. If you see bullying you should stick up for the victim or responsibly report it. Those are just the basic things we learned in D.A.R.E.
The D.A.R.E. decisioning making model (DDMM) was one of the most important things I learned about. It made me really realize that I needed to think about the decisions I make. The first step is defining your problem. Next is assessing the choices you could make. After you’ve done that, you have to respond and pick one of your choices. Finally, you evaluate by thinking about the decision you made. Those steps have really helped me think about my decisions and helped me make responsible decisions, too.
When I have a hard choice to make I will always use the DDMM. I will remind myself to calm down and just think about my problem. Then I will think about the choices I could chose. I will then chose one of my choices. Finally after I have made my decision I will think about if I made a good one or not. I will also think back to what drugs and alcohol do to your body to prevent myself from doing them. I will always use the things learned in D.A.R.E.
D.A.R.E. has made me learn so much and I know I will always remember the things I learned from Deputy Dehmlow. I will also honor the pledge I have made: I pledge to be drug and alcohol free and to not bully but to stand up to bullies. I also promise to be a good citizen and help others. I vow to do everything that is responsible.
During the 2013-2014 School year, all Staffs and Students were trained in the ALiCE program. The Bremer County Supervisors also offered the training to all county employees.
The A.L.i.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Program takes a real look into an active shooter situation and teaches students and teachers what tactical advantages they have if a situation might occur that could keep them alive and safe. The program is divided into five steps, and every step is important. We are already off to a good start with our current Lockdown procedures and this is an easy transition to make our schools even safer in the future.
Alert: Sound an alarm of the situation at hand and call the police. Information of the situation should be provided by all possible means including the public address system. For example: Person with gun in the cafeteria.
Lockdown: Doors should be locked to provide a time barrier and give students and teachers time to recognize the threat. We will also share ways to make the Lockdown even more effective by barricading. If they are not in the danger zone, they should evacuate as quickly as possible.
Inform: If possible keep teachers, students, and the police up-to-date on the shooter’s location inside the school. This sharing of current information is vital in the decision making process.
Counter: Interrupt the physical act of shooting. If the shooter walks into a classroom or hall and you have no escape route, start throwing anything and everything you can at him/her to interrupt his/her accuracy. This is a last resort and is a survival process to stay alive. If the gunman can be overpowered by multiple people after being distracted and hit with items, swarm the shooter and detain him.
Evacuate: We want as many people away from the situation as possible. If during the alert stage or any other stage the students are not near the shooter, students should evacuate as quickly as possible.
As you can see from multiple steps, evacuating and getting away from the situation as fast as possible is very important. The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office and our schools are not teaching students or teachers fighting techniques. We are teaching survival strategies that will save lives in the event of an active shooter situation. Please do not take any part of this program out of context and portray it as something that would put students and teachers at risk unnecessarily. The safety of the students and teachers is our only concern, and we believe this program provides the best chance at staying alive in an active shooter situation.
For additional information feel free to contact:
Bremer County Sheriff’s Office
(319) 352-5400 Office