D.A.R.E. program to return

Andrew Wagstaff
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PARRSBORO The local RCMP are not quite as shorthanded as they were, as two fresh faces arrived over the summer.

PARRSBORO The local RCMP are not quite as shorthanded as they were, as two fresh faces arrived over the summer.

Const. Dal Hutchinson introduced himself to Parrsboro town council at its Sept. 25 session, where he provided the monthly police report. Originally from the Truro area, Hutchinson transferred in from Saskatchewan to replace the retired Const. Guy Bergeron.

Its nice to be back home, he said. We love it here.

In another personnel change, Const. Bill Corkum has taken over the residential position in Advocate. A Berwick native, Corkum replaces Const. Dwayne Penney, who was transferred to Newfoundland & Labrador in August.

The new officers join Const. Colin Morton, Const. Jeff Davidson and Cpl. John James, who is now on leave. The first months on the job have involved getting to know people and getting to know the system in Nova Scotia, he explained.

Its like starting the job over again, he said. Paperwork is totally different compared to other divisions in the RCMP, and the provincial acts are totally different too. Its been a real adjustment period over the last two months.

The police are now preparing for the annual Spook-a-Rama Halloween dance for local youth, and also becoming active in other youth-related projects, according to Hutchinson. Davidson is involved with the local beavers group, while Hutchinson will be bringing the D.A.R.E. drug awareness program back to local schools, news that seemed to relieve mayor and council.

Deputy mayor Lloyd Smith was pleased to hear that the program will not only be returning, but will be expanded to cover grades five through eight.

It will be a delight to add it to some other grades, as it can refresh some of the memories as they get to a tender age, said Smith.

Expanding the drug awareness program to include older students was an issue raised by members of the youth at the Task Force For Safer Communities public meeting held in Parrsboro last spring, Mayor Doug Robinson informed the officer.

Theres definitely a gap in services between 16 and 18, said Hutchinson. It has improved, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Getting in the school and getting to know the youth on the streets is very important.

Hutchinson will become the liaison officer with the schools, and said he will get involved as much as he can. He also expressed interest in becoming involved with the towns youth town council.

Organizations: RCMP, Parrsboro town council, Newfoundland & Labrador Colin Morton, Const.

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Truro, Saskatchewan Berwick Nova Scotia

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