D.A.R.E. coming to Marseilles Elementary

D.A.R.E. coming to Marseilles Elementary

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.

(L-R) Principle Jeff Owens, Supt. Brenda Donahue, and Officer Mike Byrd.