Cortlandt to Continue Dare Program with Croton PD

The Cortlandt town board agreed to continue its partnership with the Croton-on-Hudson Police Department to provide drug education courses to the town's elementary schools.


Cortlandt town officials agreed during Tuesday’s night board meeting to extend its partnership with the Croton police department to provide the DARE program to all six elementary schools in the town.

Detective Cliff Gabrielsen of the Croton police department will administer the program throughout the town. The town will pay for the program at a cost not to exceed $75,000.

Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi said the program, which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, has been in place since she became supervisor in 1994.

“There used to be a Westchester County police officer who did it and the we had a state police officer who did it, but they stopped doing it,” Puglisi said. “We went to our neighbors in the Village of Croton. They had someone willing to do it.”

The program is given to fifth-graders and is 10 weeks long.

“I have been a proponent of this since my first year as supervisor and I’m proud that’s it’s still continuing 22 years later,” Puglisi said.

pirata December 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM
In light of the current opiate epidemic going on in Westchester/Putnam counties, it is imperative that a refresher course be given to these children by the 8th or 9th grades. I'm sure a grieving parent of a deceased child who overdosed or a recovered addict would come and speak to the children at minimal if no cost. 5th grade is an ok place to start but, sadly, most of these children will not remember or "choose" not to remember the DARE program by the time they get to the 8th or 9th grade which is a highly critical time in their lives ... a time when they are learning to become "independent" and making big decisions on their own.
sayitsnotsojack December 13, 2012 at 04:49 PM
The drug epidemic is a dirty secret that many school districts are not willing to adress, instead they try to ignore it. There is more than one high school principle that will look you in the eye and tell you there is no big drug problem in his or her school. They will also sell you some land underwater.
pirata December 13, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Ms. Puglisi stated “I have been a proponent of this since my first year as supervisor and I’m proud that’s it’s still continuing 22 years later". Its now 22 years later and we have a huge drug epidemic on our hands. What may have once worked 22 years ago appears to have fallen apart. Schools need to get more involved yes .. not only for kids in 5th ... but more importantly really need to get much more involved throughout these childrens high school years as well. Town officials really need to sit down and figure out how best to communicate to kids the seriousness of drugs and the impact of doing drugs would make on their lives. The weekly parade of our high schools former graduates walking (past town official offices) into our town court alone should have woken up Ms. Puglisi and officials long ago to this rising problem.


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