Irvine Recognized at International D.A.R.E. Conference
On Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Chief Maggard received the D.A.R.E. Law Enforcement Executive of the Year award at the international DARE conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. Chief Maggard received this award on behalf of the many people in Irvine who make D.A.R.E. so successful.
The award, given annually, recognizes the efforts of a law enforcement executive and his /her department for their continuing support of the D.A.R.E. Program, as well as for working with the community on a variety of prevention and education programs.
“I appreciate this recognition of our City’s efforts to maintain the highest level of quality service for the children and youth in our Community,” Chief Maggard said. “It is truly a shared mission, supported by our City Council and City Manager, the Irvine and Tustin Unified School Districts, our partners in Irvine’s private schools and of course, our extraordinary D.A.R.E. officers.”
The Irvine Police Department implemented the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program in 1987. Since that time, the Irvine Police Department’s D.A.R.E. unit has grown to three sworn police officer positions and one professional staff position to meet the demands of Irvine’s growing student population. For the past 26 years, police officer-led classroom lessons teaching children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives have been presented to more than 50,000 fifth and sixth grade students in the City of Irvine. These officers provide lifelong lessons for their students and establish enduring relationships between the Irvine Police Department and the students, parents and school personnel they serve.