Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sheriff Rambosk Appointed To D.A.R.E. International Advisory Board

Collier County Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk has been appointed to the prestigious D.A.R.E. America International Law Enforcement Advisory Board, where he will help shape the future of the D.A.R.E. program.

D.A.R.E., or Drug Abuse Resistance and Education, is an education program that gives children the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, tobacco use, over the counter and prescription drugs, bullying, gangs, cyber-bullying, violence, and other negative activities.

D.A.R.E. America Regional Director Mike Lien announced Sheriff Rambosk’s appointment Thursday during Junior Deputy Camp at the Florida Sports Park.

“Sheriff Rambosk’s 30-plus years in law enforcement, his focus on this community’s youth and his strong stance against drug abuse make him immensely qualified to serve in this role,” Lien said. “As a member of this board he will have a voice in shaping D.A.R.E.’s future.”

The 18-member board is made up of sheriffs, chiefs of police, state police executives, provincial police executives, and a state attorney general. Together they provide input and advice on D.A.R.E. curriculum and programming from a law enforcement perspective.

Sheriff Rambosk said he welcomes the opportunity to work with D.A.R.E. to address emerging issues such as prescription drug abuse and bullying.

“D.A.R.E. gives our young people the information they need to help them make positive decisions,” Sheriff Rambosk said. “Serving on this board presents me with a great opportunity to provide input that will help D.A.R.E. continue to focus on problems that we in law enforcement are seeing in the community.”

“Sheriff Rambosk’s appointment comes at an exciting time for D.A.R.E. America. The organization plans to release its new elementary curriculum this summer. The evidence-based program was developed by Penn State and D.A.R.E. America. It provides age-appropriate skills for elementary students to refuse offers of drug use and violence.

CCSO deputies teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum in 32 public and private elementary schools, reaching more than 3,200 fifth-grade students each year. Worldwide, D.A.R.E. reaches 26 million children in all 50 states and 43 other countries.