Deputy Mike Moore named Cassville D.A.R.E. officer
Moore to fill in for city's position at Cassville schools
Barry County Deputy Mike Moore was recently chosen to serve as Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) officer for local schools, including filling in for the Cassville Police Department until its vacant Cassville schools' position is filled.
Moore has been working for the Barry County Sheriff's Department for the last two years but has carried a commission with the county since 2006.
"I will fill in for as long as they need me to," he said. "I make time. School is important."
Moore recently attended a two-week, 80-hour training in Conroe, Texas, to become D.A.R.E.-certified. The program covers topics such as drug education, prevention, bullying and strangers.
"It's a very extensive course," he said. "l'll be teaching in Cassville, Wheaton, Shell Knob, Purdy and Southwest. What it boils down to is being a liaison for the schools. I'll be doing walk-throughs every day and whether teaching or not I will be there for the kids and for the school.
"It's really important to the sheriff that we put as much time into the schools as we can. He is really passionate about the D.A.R.E. program. That's where his heart is. So when school is in session, that's where I'll be."
Epperly said ever since the program started in 1996, it has meant so much to him because they are teaching kids to say no to drugs.
"This is the only type of program here in school and if we save one life, it's accomplished its purpose," he said. "It's also teaching bullying, stranger-danger, and other important safety measures for children. We don't want to see this program die.
"Every officer has their niche. Mike is a good people person, is good with kids in that area and is just the right person for this. The first semester, he'll be teaching classes in Shell Knob and Cassville. The second semester, in Washburn, Wheaton and Purdy."
Exeter has its own D.A.R.E. officer in Exeter Police Chief Morgan Struble.
"He'll be walking the schools on a daily basis, like a [school resource officer]," Epperly said. "It's a good deal for the teachers and the kids."
Moore also got some D.A.R.E. decals put on his patrol car to go with his job which include the program's mascot, the D.A.R.E. lion.
Moore, Epperly, and everyone in the department was excited to have the decals displayed, which will make the vehicle stand out in the community as the D.A.R.E. car.
"The lion represents courage," Moore said.
Epperly said it has been a while since the decals were put on the patrol cars, and it had to be passed through D.A.R.E. officials, but the department really wants to promote the program to help the schools and community. Moore's wife, Jamie Moore, helped by volunteering time to design the decals.
"Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr had a lion on the hood of her suburban when she was a D.A.R.E. Officer," Epperly said. "It's the official mascot for D.A.R.E. We don't want to see the program die."