School Resource Officer
Officer David Pinkas is serving his fifth year as the School Resource Officer (SRO). A SRO is a positive role model for many students. A SRO’s presence in the school sends a strong message that violence is not acceptable. Secondly, they act as law-related counselors who provide guidance on law-related issues to students, act as a link to support services both inside and outside the school environment, and are law-related teachers who provide schools with an additional educational resource by sharing their expertise in the classroom. The Department’s SRO works closely with the Medina School District personnel and students on a daily basis during the school year. Officer Pinkas instructs driving simulator classes at Medina High school for a total of 8 weeks. In addition, he teaches a 3rd grade seatbelt program to all 3rd graders in the Medina School District and the Medina Christian Academy.
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives. Officer Pinkas teaches the D.A.R.E. program to local 5th grade students. A total of 250 fifth grade students graduated from the 2011/2012 program. For the 2012/2013 school year, Officer Pinkas is teaching D.A.R.E. at all seven elementary schools. This will mean that over 750 students will graduate the D.A.R.E. program.
THE D.A.R.E. MISSION
Teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives.
THE D.A.R.E. VISION
A world in which students everywhere are empowered to respect others and choose to lead lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.
A Vital Mission… to Fulfill a Vision