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Waynesboro officer gets D.A.R.E. training

April 13, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro Police Department officer has been certified in the Drug Resistance Abuse Education program, becoming the borough's first D.A.R.E. officer in the schools in more than a decade.

Officer Travis Carbaugh spent March 26 to April 6 in what he called "very, very intense" training that involved eight to 10 hours of classes daily followed by up to four hours of lesson preparation as homework.

"I'm just ready to get over there and get teaching," Carbaugh said. "I loved every minute of it."

Carbaugh expects to take lessons about alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs and peer pressure to the Waynesboro Area School District starting in the 2007-08 school year.

The Borough of Waynesboro had been providing financial support for the local D.A.R.E. program, but Washington Township police were the officers who physically visited the schools.

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The borough officers who had been instructors asked to end their participation several years ago, and none of the others had an interest at the time, Waynesboro Police Chief Ray Shultz said.

Washington Township Supervisor C. Stewart McCleaf began discussing the borough's participation with Mayor Richard Starliper over breakfast one morning. The pair favored the borough involving its department.

"It was a spirit of cooperation between Stewart McCleaf, the township supervisors and myself," Starliper said.

The Waynesboro Borough Council approved the proposal to send an officer to training, which is funded entirely by D.A.R.E.

Starliper said they talked to the Waynesboro officers about their planned role because they "wanted someone who was interested in the program, not just appointed arbitrarily."

McCleaf, a retired Smithsburg police chief, feels the D.A.R.E. program has "such an awareness and impact."

"My kids are 40-some years old, and they went through the D.A.R.E. program in school," McCleaf said.

Carbaugh remembers the D.A.R.E. lessons from his fifth-grade class. With completion of the training in Elizabethtown, Pa., and a second-grade classroom visit there, he now is certified in both the fifth- and seventh-grade D.A.R.E. curriculums.

His responsibilities also will include visits with students from kindergarten to fourth grade, primarily to help them feel comfortable with uniformed officers.

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