Sheriff Victor Jones and Officer Michael Longino with Goldonna Elementary DARE essay winner Autumn Hightower
The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program has been implemented at NPSO schools since 1990. The award winning program is a collaborative effort consisting of law enforcement, education and prevention science. The curriculum is taught by certified DARE Officers and is based on positive decision making and lessons that focus on communication and life skills. In 2015, over 1,300 students in the 5th and 7th grades graduated from the DARE program in Natchitoches Parish.
Every June, the Youth Services Division hosts the NPSO Youth Leadership Camp. This 4 day, overnight camp allows students to learn leadership qualities by participating in activities that involve team building which also strengthens their character.
The mission of the NPSO Youth Leadership Camp is to teach teams of students to become positive leaders and role models on their school campuses. The division also coordinates two major youth events each year – Kid’s Health Fest and Teen Summit.
Kid’s Health Fest is held each spring at NSU. The event targets all 6th grade students in the parish, and offers athletic competitions, presentations and activities that promote living a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, NPSO deputies and first responders provide safety demonstrations.
Sheriff’s department signage from Championship Saturday
SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY
The Youth Services Division further supports our youth by participating in other community and state activities and events such as the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Red Ribbon Week, National Night Out, March of Dimes and Relay for Life. If you would like for information on youth services, contact (318) 357-2239.