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Council questions cops teaching DARE in school

March 06, 2002

Hagerstown City Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the city should stop paying for police officers to teach DARE classes in schools.

Currently, there are two city officers teaching DARE, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, in public schools in the city.

There are also three Washington County Sheriff's deputies and one Maryland State Police trooper teaching DARE classes in county public schools.

During a meeting with some school and police officials Tuesday, Metzner said DARE is a good and popular program. But he asked whether teachers, not police officers, should be teaching the classes.

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Metzner said DARE started as a federally funded program, but now the city is paying for the DARE officers.

"In the budget crisis we see, and with no history of municipalities funding education, I can't see (the city) funding DARE," Metzner said.

- Dan Kulin

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