The D.A.R.E. program began in London and Laurel County in the early 1980s with London Police Chief Bill Smith and Lt. Judy Hoskins, also known as "The Mother of D.A.R.E."
Today, the D.A.R.E. program is still going strong. D.A.R.E. is instructed to all 5th-grade classrooms throughout the Laurel County School District, as well as local independent schools. Our D.A.R.E. officers teach students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives free from violence, substance abuse, and other dangerous behaviors.
Annually, the London-Laurel Co. D.A.R.E. organization, at 501 (c) (3) non-profit, provides the Don Wattenbarger Scholarship Fund where $1,000 is awarded to a senior at North and South Laurel High School. The scholarship is awarded to the college of each student's choice.
London Laurel County D.A.R.E. Board Members:
- Elijah Hollon - Chairman
- Daniel Robinson - D.A.R.E. Coordinator
- Christie Schrader - Treasurer
- Magen Zawko - Secretary
- Troy Rudder
- Darrel Kilburn
- Derek House
- David Westerfield
- Jamie Harrison
- Duff Halcomb
- Edwin (Eddie) Jones
- Gene Hollon
D.A.R.E. Officers include:
- London Police Det. Daniel Robinson
- London Police Sgt. Travis Dotson
- London Police Ofc. Justin Hopkins
- London Police Ofc. Justin Roby
- London Police Ofc. Ashley Taylor
- London Police Ofc. Andrew Lawson
- Laurel Co. Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Gray