DARE Program Is Reinstated At Paramus Public Shools With Detective Jimmy Teehan At The Helm
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 07:24 PM EDT
He will work side by side with the Paramus School system’s existing security officers which include several retired former Paramus Police Department SROs and Dare Officers. Detective Teehan will deploy among the 8 Paramus schools to ensure that all of the Best Practices regarding student security and safety are being provided. Detective Teehan’s SRO duties also include investigating and managing police cases and incidents which derive from the school student body. Teehan will also spend his time at the schools teaching “Too Good for Drugs”, a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) sponsored program to 5th grade student at East Brook and West Brook Middle Schools. The DARE program consists of a 12 week curriculum covering topics such as goal setting and achievement, decision making , identifying and managing emotions, effective communication, bonding and relationships and the effects of alcohol, tobacco, and dangerous drugs.
The Paramus Police Department’s SRO and DARE program was discontinued in June of 2011 due to a lack of manpower within the Department. With the hiring of 4 new police officers in June 2013 and the recent provisional promotion of 4 police detectives the Department was able to designate Detective Teehan to this important assignment. Prior to 2011, the Paramus DARE /SRO program had existed with up to 4 officers assigned to provide resources to all of Paramus’s public and the numerous private schools located within the Borough. It is hoped that as the department adds officers to its ranks the Paramus Police Department will be able to expand its DARE and SRO programs.
Attached photo: Detective James Teehan teaches DARE class at West Brook Middle School
Kenneth R. Ehrenberg
Chief of Police
Paramus Police Department