Michele W. Forehand August 30, 2018 - Dothan Eagle
Photo by Jay Hare
For years the Headland Police Department has reached out to help students make the right decisions with regard to peer pressure.
“We have a new school year under way and our department is going to have a busy year,” said Headland Police Chief Mark Jones. “My goal is to show each child the dangers associated with peer pressure. Those dangers are more than alcohol, drugs, or tobacco. Those dangers include gangs, firearms, and bullying. I believe it is important to reach out to every child. Each child is important, and children are our future. So, it is our job to make sure they are educated on what to do and what not to do when it comes to peer pressure.”
The Headland Police Department offers different educational programs to students in elementary school, middle school, and high school. The programs are under the instruction of Lt. Dennis Cobb.
Cobb has taught the D.A.R.E. (drug abuse resistance education) program for more than 24 years. The D.A.R.E. program allows Cobb to educate the students on the dangers associated with drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, and includes a special section for students that addresses bullying.