Another deputy of the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Mika Miguez, is now certified as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) officer. To become certified, Deputy Miguez participated in a training program in Pineville, LA for two weeks that culminated with a graduation ceremony on August 23rd, 2013. The two-week training included several topics including drug information, decision making, and classroom management.
Since D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983, thousands of students from schools all over the world have graduated from this program.
The D.A.R.E. program teaches principles which are imperative to enable its students to become successful, productive, and drug-free citizens. D.A.R.E. helps to raise awareness of bullying and teaches students how to report bullying when they see it. D.A.R.E. helps young people to build self-esteem, learn good communication techniques, practice responsible decision making, and teaches them how to stand up to unwanted peer pressure and encourages them to find healthy and productive alternatives to violence, gangs, drugs, and alcohol.