The Florence Township Police Department offers the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program to both public and private schools in the Township. The program offers preventative strategies to enhance protective factor, namely bonding to the family, school and community, which may appear to foster the development of resiliency in young people who may be at risk for substance abuse and other problem behaviors. Researchers have identified certain protective and social bonding factors in the family, school and community which may foster resiliency in young people, in other words, the capacity of young people for healthy, independent growth in spite of adverse conditions. These strategies focus on the development of social competence, communications skills, self-esteem, empathy, decision-making, conflict resolution, sense of purpose and independence and positive alternative activities to drug abuse and other destructive behaviors.
Officer Jason Silk, Corporal Jason Shafer, Officer Brian Panaro and Officer Michelle Koroseta are assigned to the Florence Township Police D.A.R.E. program. For more information about the Florence Township Police Department D.A.R.E. program you may contact one of the above listed officers at the department by calling 609-499-3131.