Marseilles Police Officer Michael Byrd is now certified to teach the DARE anti-drug program. DARE stands for drug abuse resistance education.
Byrd is the resource officer at Marseilles Elementary School.
Supt. Brenda Donahue presented Officer Byrd with a plaque at city council earlier this week.
Commissioner of Public Safety Gary Lewey says once the city police department has its new K-9 unit, it will be involved at the school too.
It’s part of a broader effort to curb illegal drug sales and use in the city.
Some studies suggest that the DARE school program doesn’t actually reduce drug use.