Chapman Gets National Award For Drug Education Outreach

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.

One thought on “Chapman Gets National Award For Drug Education Outreach

  • 2017-07-01 at 1:05 pm

    The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program has been taught by uniformed Sheriff’s Office personnel to Loudoun County students since 1987. D.A.R.E. is a cooperative program supported by the Virginia Department of Education, Virginia State Police, local law enforcement agencies and local school systems.

    The primary emphasis of D.A.R.E. is to assist students in recognizing and resisting the subtle and overt pressures that can influence them to experiment with drugs and alcohol or become involved in violent activity.

    The Sheriff’s D.A.R.E. officer requires the support and understanding of the teacher and provides in-service orientation for teachers at the beginning of each school year. The program follows a carefully structured curriculum, focusing on personal safety, drug abuse, consequences of behavior, resisting peer pressure, building self-esteem, assertiveness training, etc.

    Prior to entering the D.A.R.E. program, Sheriff’s Deputies undergo many hours of training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques and communication.

    Although national articles have questioned the merits and wisdom of the D.A.R.E. program, Loudoun County should ensure that it is implemented each year in all elementary and middle schools. The Sheriff’s Office and the Board of Supervisors need to work in unison to staff all of the additional classes due to ever-increasing student enrollment.

    I am earnest in my belief that our children’s education should include programs that promote a healthy and productive relationship between citizen and Sheriff’s Deputies. The Sheriff’s Office, working intimately with the public school system, has the trained personnel empowered to successfully achieve this goal.

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