Cassville police chief appointed to national board

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The city of Cassville has announced Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr has been nominated to the National Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Executive Law Enforcement Advisory Board, said Cassville City Administrator Steve Walensky.

“This is a great honor to be chosen to contribute and add leadership to such a vital program for our youth across the nation,” Walensky said. “Having Chief Kammerlohr selected from our community shows how successful we have been here in Cassville.”

Kammerlohr has been involved with this program locally since 1993 and was Missouri State D.A.R.E Officer of the year in 2002. She has just renewed her recertification this month to be able to teach in Cassville.

Kammerlohr said she is honored to be selected for this Executive Law Enforcement Advisory Board appointment, and will be working closely with the Missouri D.A.R.E. Association and Missouri D.A.R.E Officers to help determine what trends they are seeing in their communities and what concerns they have with the youth of today.

The board is meant to help give to D.A.R.E. America a broad perspective of issues that are impacting the Law Enforcement Profession. Input from the board will help in developing new curriculum and enhancement lessons, and adjusting training to meet the needs of an ever changing law enforcement role on educational campuses across the nation and world. 

The board is also an advocate for D.A.R.E.

“D.A.R.E. is substance abuse prevention education and much more,” Kammerlohr said. “This year millions of school children around the world will benefit from D.A.R.E., the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. Also this program teaches the students decision making skills which not only help them make better decisions with risky behaviors but with life choices.”

D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75 percent of our nation’s school districts and in more than 52 countries around the world.

D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug- and violence-free lives.

The D.A.R.E. Executive Law Enforcement Advisory Board is comprised of recognized leaders of associations representing major constituencies in the law enforcement profession. Associations represented include: The National Association of Attorneys General, National Sheriffs’ Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), IACP Division of State Association of Chiefs of Police, and IACP International Policing Division. Members of the D.A.R.E. Executive Law Enforcement Advisory Board provide D.A.R.E. America with insight and advice regarding D.A.R.E.’s provision of services to the law enforcement community.

This board is made up of select law enforcement executives from across the United States, including a representative from Canada and Mexico. There are 14 members on the board. The appointment is for a two-year term

The Cassville Police Department has been a D.A.R.E. advocate for years.

“As a trained D.A.R.E. Officer and a Chief of Police from a small department, Dana will bring a vital perspective to the board and would truly bring valuable insight to this board,” said Kim W. Hawkes, central region director of D.A.R.E America.