Police Chief appointed to national D.A.R.E. board

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Kammerlohr: ‘D.A.R.E. has always been close to my heart’

Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr has been appointed to the National Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Executive

Law Enforcement Advisory Board.

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.

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.

Kammerlohr said she was surprised when the executive director of the Missouri police chief association called to see if she would accept the nomination.

“He explained to me what it was about,” she said. “Then, he gave me a name of someone to contact at D.A.R.E. America. I explained to him that I am a police chief but I have been out of the D.A.R.E. program for a while.”

Kammerlohr said she explained that she is the police chief for a small town.

“He said that will be a valuable asset to the committee, and the board is a broad spectrum of people with different ideas,” she said. “I know that some things have been changed in the program, and there are some concerns about that.”

Kammerlohr said she hopes to bring those things up in a positive way to the committee.

“The committee oversees the curriculum of D.A.R.E.,” she said. “I want them to know how the state of Missouri feels.”

Kammerlohr taught D.A.R.E. in the county from 1993 until 2009 when she became Cassville Police Chief.

“I have supported the D.A.R.E. program in Cassville and in the schools that I taught it in for a long time,” she said. “Being on this committee will be a great networking opportunity. I am proud to have the opportunity to bring back ideas from other chiefs and sheriffs.”

Kammerlohr said this will help get the city’s name out there and give access to ideas about things that can help the community on a proactive approach for the city.

“I am honored to have this opportunity,” she said. “D.A.R.E. has always been close to my heart, and this is a step further that I can help our community and schools in the county.”

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