A new in-school Police education program is replacing the longstanding DARE (Drug Awareness Resistance Education) initiative.
Knowledge, Issues, Decisions and Support, known as KIDS will be taught in Saugeen Shores grade 6 classrooms this week with Saugeen Shores Police Constables Ian Clark and Matt Tutin teaching 10, one hour sessions. Police say having the officers in the schools will also work towards creating and reinforce strong relationships between students and police.
Saugeen Shores Police say the new program is about empowerment, mutual respect, social/digital media awareness and the law and values of society. KIDS also utilizes interactive teaching tools where much of the content is driven by the students.
The program has been in effect since 2013 and was developed by the Ontario Provincial Police and educators to be a contemporary program that adheres to the provincial education curriculum.
KIDS will create and reinforce strong relationships between young persons and police.