The goal of the checkpoint is to identify and remove impaired drivers from the road before they cause injury or death to them selves or others, as well as increase public awareness to the seriousness of driving while impaired..
Since January, the two high school seniors have spent a few hours each week working with detectives and learning the ins and outs of crime scene investigation, including DNA analysis, fingerprint processing, evidence gathering, photography and re port writing.
“We’re doing a dessert auction as well,” she said. “People bring desserts, and each table can go up to the dessert table and say, ‘Hey, let’s buy this chocolate cake for our table.’ And then they’ll bid on it, and all of that money will go to charity. You get a great dessert, and you’re helping!” The public is invited to attend.
What impact does DARE have on the students? “It prepares them to go into middle school because of the different things that we talk about, not only alcohol and tobacco; we talk about stress and communication skills and … making responsible choices. It’s a class that you want them to always remember,” said Deputy Hawn.
“This training covers all aspects of police work,” said Sebeck. “This class is aimed at renewing what officers already know and avoiding complacency when doing their jobs. It is rough being a p olice officer because there are so few officers on the street, and as a consequence, it puts those officers at risk.