Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman has been named the 2017 U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency/D.A.R.E. Law Enforcement Executive of the Year.
The award recognizes a senior law enforcement officer for an extraordinary commitment to drug prevention and enforcement. The award has been given annually since 2000 and Chapman joins a small group of sheriffs and chiefs of police who have been selected for the honor.
Chapman, who previously worked for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, is serving his second four-year term as sheriff.
Francisco X. Pegueros, the president and CEO of D.A.R.E. America, cited Chapman’s efforts to offer more educational and drug prevention programs, including the expansion of D.A.R.E to all county middle schools. “He also delivered programs to the parents throughout the county about the dangers children face on the internet, and on how they can work with their children to identify predators or others who might do them harm,” Pegueros stated.
Partnering with the Washington, DC, division of the DEA and Loudoun County Public Schools, Chapman’s office also developed a drug awareness training program—covering the significant increase of prescription pill, synthetic drug, and heroin abuse in the region—that was presented to parents of school-aged children in a series of public forums.
Chapman will be presented with his award during the annual D.A.R.E. America International Conference in Grapevine, TX, July 11 though July 13. The award includes $1,000 to be used for a program designated by the recipient.