In Columbia County, approximately 1000 students graduate from the program each year.  DARE is a way for police officers to interact in a positive manner to provide young people with resources to help them make good decisions when confronted with drug and alcohol use.

It is not uncommon for students who participated in DARE in the early 90's and who is now a young adult and/or parent, to approach a Deputy Sheriff with a story of how a lesson learned in DARE helped them in an uncomfortable situation.

As an intricate part of positive contact with young people in our communities, the DARE Program will continue to be offered by the Sheriff's Office in future years.  The DARE Officer for the Sheriff's Office is Deputy Sheriff Wendy Guntert.