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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Johnna Kelly 630-407-6022

Monday, April 14, 2014

DuPage County Hosts Exercise for Illinois DARE Officers Association

DuPage County, in partnership with the Illinois Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Officers Association, hosted an exercise for police officers on Friday, April 11, at the DuPage County government complex. The exercise was designed to equip police officers with the skills and tools necessary to effectively respond to crisis situations at schools. The training brought together police officers from across the state, enabling them to practice response techniques in a “real-world” environment.

“Over the past few years, we have witnessed many school-related tragedies across the nation,” said DuPage County Judicial and Public Safety Committee Chairman Grant Eckhoff. “DuPage County has some of the best-trained officers not only in Illinois, but also across the entire nation.  Hosting training exercises such as this one enables our officers to keep their skills sharp.”

Regional Superintendent Dr. Darlene Ruscitti echoed the importance of providing this additional training for police officers who work in and around schools. 

“As parents and educators, we have a responsibility to ensure that our children can learn in an environment that is safe,” said Ruscitti. “Providing advanced training for police officers is one of the many things we do in DuPage County to help keep our children as safe as possible while they are at school.” 

The local DARE officers who participated in the training included DuPage County Sheriff’s Department in addition to Addison, Darien and Oak Brook police departments.

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