Officer Brian Moore (left) has been in law enforcement for 14 years. He began his career with the Greene County Sheriff's Department where he served as a member of S.R.T. (Special Response Team) for 6 years. In April of 2006 he began working for the Greeneville Police Department where he serves as the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer for the Greeneville City School System. He began teaching in the 2006-2007 school year and is currently teaching 5th & 7th grade D.A.R.E. classes in 5 Greeneville schools. In addition, he serves as the S.R.O. (School Resource Officer) for Greeneville Middle School.

A school resource officer is a full-time, certified law enforcement officer who is assigned to provide coverage to a school. The SRO is specifically trained to perform the following three roles:

1. Law enforcement officer - the SRO's primary duty is to enforce the law and insure the safety of the school.
2. Law related counselor - to be available to meet with students, parents, administrators, and teachers.
3. Law related teacher - the SRO operates as a guest speaker and gives presentations to students on law related topics.

The DARE curriculum is designed to be taught by police officers whose training and experience give them the background needed to answer the sophisticated questions often posed by young students about drugs and crime. Prior to entering the DARE program, officers undergo 80 hours of special training in areas such as child development, classroom management, teaching techniques, and communication skills.

DARE is universally viewed as an internationally recognized model of community policing. The United States Department of justice has indentified how DARE benefits local communities:

  1. DARE "humanizes" the police: that is, young people can begin to relate to officers as people
  2. DARE permits students to see officers in a helping role, not just an enforcement role
  3. DARE opens lines of communication between law enforcement and youth
  4. DARE Officers can serve as conduits to provide information beyond drug-related topics
  5. DARE opens dialogue between the school, police, and parents to deal with other issues

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