Greene County News Report
XENIA — Jackie Masur has been appointed the Xenia Police Division’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer.
Masur will present the DARE program to elementary school students in Xenia Community Schools, St. Brigid, Xenia Christian, and Summit Academy. She replaces Officer Harold Matheson, who decided to return to patrol service after serving as DARE officer for 10 years.
As part of her training, Masur received certification in the K-4, elementary and middle school curricula. To be a certified DARE instructor, Masur was first interviewed by a panel of police executives, DARE officers, and school administrators. After approval, Masur completed two weeks of intensive training given by the Law Enforcement Foundation at Ohio’s accredited DARE Training Center.
The DARE program is an internationally recognized model program created in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District. The program provides students with the skills necessary to recognize and resist pressures to experiment with drugs and to avoid gangs and violence.
Lessons emphasize self-esteem, decision making, interpersonal communication skills, and the consequences of drug abuse, conflict resolution, and positive alternatives to substance abuse.
Greene County News report compiled by Scott Halasz.