Sheriff's Benevolent Posse Donates $35,000 to Bring Back D.A.R.E.

August 30, 2016

Sheriff's D.A.R.E. program returns to south Santa Barbara County after a 10 year absence

by Oscar Flores

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A strong push to return the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's D.A.R.E program back the south county after being absent for more than 10 years, may soon become a reality.

Due to budget cuts, the program was stopped back in 2004.

Now, the Sheriff's Benevolent Posse has donated $35,000 to help fund and expand the Sheriff's D.A.R.E program, which provides the community's youth with skills and strategies aimed to help them avoid negative influences, and to focus on their own strengths and potential.

The Sheriff's Office has partnered with the Hope School District to start things off, but will eventually be adding more schools to its D.A.R.E. program.

"We would like to eventually see every fifth and sixth grader in Santa Barbara County have the opportunity to learn the important decision making skills D.A.R.E. teaches while providing students the opportunity to have positive interactions and role-modeling with law enforcement," said John Wilczak, Sheriff's Benevolent Posse President.

Retired Sheriff's Deputy Jerry Cornell is dusting off those old boots, and returning to the Sheriff's Office to help teach D.A.R.E. in south Santa Barbara County.

Anyone interested in donating towards the Sheriff's D.A.R.E. program may visit the Sheriff's Benevolent Posse website at

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