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Iowa DARE Officers Association

The I.D.A. (Iowa D.A.R.E. Association) was formed in the late summer of 1989 and had its first training conference for D.A.R.E. officers in the summer of 1990. It is a fraternal organization that includes D.A.R.E. officers, educators and other friends of D.A.R.E. Click HERE for a complete roster of the Iowa DARE Association Board Members and contact information.
The I.D.A. functions include planning and conducting yearly training conferences, preparing and releasing a quarterly newsletter, sending a representative to the National D.A.R.E. Officers Advisory Board and each year selecting a D.A.R.E. Officer, Educator and Volunteer of the Year. The I.D.A. also has a representative on the D.A.R.E. Iowa Board. Place your nominations for D.A.R.E. awards by submitting information to the VP of Iowa DARE Officers Association. All nominations must be received by May 1st of each year for the corresponding year.

Turkey Valley 11th graders participated in a pilot opioid and prescription drug education program that is being developed by D.A.R.E. America. The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office and Turkey Valley School were one of six test curriculum/programs in the United States. This program was instructed by Deputy Sheriff/DARE Mentor Tim Felton and D.A.R.E. Iowa’s Educational Advisor John Sheahan.  This presentation will be sent to D.A.R.E. America for further evaluation, with a finished curriculum ready for D.A.R.E. Officers at the National Conference being held in Orlando, Florida in July 2018. 

            Sheriff Dan Marx says, “The opioid crisis in this country is continuing to get worse.  We owe it to our kids and communities to try and get ahead of this issue.  We have seen the devastating effects of this epidemic.  We can’t just sit around and do nothing hoping it doesn’t happen here.  The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office is proud to partner with Turkey Valley School and D.A.R.E. America and lead the way to early education and prevention.”