DARE 08-16-16

The NPSO Youth Services Division is proud to announce the recent graduation of three of our SRO’s.

On Friday, August 19, 2016 in Opelousas, LA., Deputy Brian Turner, Deputy Tamara George-Pitts and Deputy Irvin Raphiel Jr., graduated along with 21 other law enforcement officers from the state of Louisiana and 2 from the state of Texas.

The 39th D.A.R.E. Officer training school was conducted by the Louisiana D.A.R.E. Training Center which consist of 8 veteran officers and 2 educators from agencies across the state of Louisiana.

Each officer attended an 80-hour session of Drug Abuse Resistance Education training, which centered on presentation skills, collaborative learning, learning modalities, classroom management, and facilitation skills. This training included the new D.A.R.E. Elementary “keepin’ it…REAL” and the D.A.R.E. Middle School “keepin’ it…REAL” curriculums.

The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Division consists of 13 certified School Resource Officers of which 9 are certified D.A.R.E. instructors. Sheriff Victor Jones has assigned these 13 officers to cover all elementary, Jr. High and 2 High Schools in the city and parish of Natchitoches.

For more information about the programs and activities offered by the Youth Services Division contact Chief Wendy Llorens @ 318-357-2239.

Pictured from left: Deputy Irvin Raphiel Jr., Chief Wendy Llorens, Deputy Tamara George-Pitts, Deputy Brian Turner, and Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.