Drug Awareness/Self Esteem

The Hillsdale Police Department D.A.R.E. Program is dedicated to preventing the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco products. The Hillsdale Police Department , utilizes their D.A.R.E. Officers to begin their relationship with school age children at the kindergarten level. The Hillsdale Police Department, is unique as we conduct substance abuse concerns with children from the kindergarten through every grade level up to high school.  Kindergarten through 4th grade receive D.A.R.E visitation to each class and speak about substance abuse, how to improve self-esteem, conduct classes o­n Danger/Stranger programs, A Safe Way To School, bicycle and Traffic Safety. The 5th grade receive the new and updated 10 week  National D.A.R.E America  program o­n all substance abuse concerns. The 6th grade receives lectures o­n vandalism and how it effects everyone in the community.

All prospective D.A.R.E instructor candidates are hand selected by Chief Robert Francaviglia. The Chief selects candidates that will continue the departments philosophy toward drug education. Each Police Officer/Instructor must sucessfully complete an eighty hour comprehensive School Instruction/Education course of study at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute. All  instructors are also required to complete a student teaching program with their instructor. The Hillsdale Police Department members that are D.A.R.E. Certified officers include:

P.O. David Sayers

P.O. Michael Camporeale

Child Abduction Awareness Program

The Child Abduction Awareness Program is a unique way to test a child's general awareness of strangers.  The program, currently under the direction of Police Officer Amanda Turrin, has been met with success since its inception in September 2002.  With the help of many department members, the team of cops dressed as ordinary people tries to lure a child in an effort to simulate an actual abduction.  The program teaches young children how NOT to become a victim of an attack or an abduction.  By seeing first-hand the ways strangers can be clever and friendly, children will learn that attacks and abductions don't always happen the way that they are portrayed on television.   

Given the recent headlines about kidnapping, it is important for children to understand certain key concepts for avoiding strangers.  Originally implemented by Chief Francaviglia and now coordinated by Officer Amanda Turrin this program is suited for children as old as 8 or 9, but is especially useful for younger children who are still learning to spot a stranger and/or suspicious people.  

For more information and to schedule an appointment for a simulated abduction, please call Officer Amanda Turrin at 201-664-4200  or contact her via our form listed below.  



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