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The Newtown Township Police Department began their D.A.R.E. Program in the summer of 1991 when Sgt. Charles A. Patton received his D.O.T. Certification from LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

Under the direction of Chief Martin C. Duffy, the D.A.R.E. Program was started in the Saint Andrew Elementary School. The students in the 6th grade received the core program, consisting of the 17 week program. In 1992 the D.A.R.E. Program was expanded into the Goodnoe Elementary School within the Council Rock School District.

In the summer of 1992, Sgt. Patton received his Junior High Certification.

In March of 1994, Chief Duffy expanded the D.A.R.E. Program and interviewed for an additional D.A.R.E. Officer. Involved in the interview process was Newtown Township Manager Cornell Hopkins, Goodnoe Elementary School, Principal Harry Fritz, Council Rock High School, Asst. Principal Theodore Sloan, Saint Andrew Elementary School, Principal Sister Anne. Several officers were interviewed and a officer was chosen.

In July of 1994, Officer Glenn A. Forsyth, was sent to West Virginia for D.O.T. Certification. After graduating on August 5, 1994, Officer Forsyth began teaching at the Goodnoe Elementary School. In the 94-95 school year there were 182 5th grade students that went through the program.

In the spring of 1996, Officer Forsyth was sent to Virginia Beach for his Junior High certification.

In October of 2008, Officer Shawn Pirog, was sent to Elizabethtown PA for D.O.T. Certification where he was certified in Elementary and Junior High School.

We are looking forward to a successful year for Newtown Township Police D.A.R.E. Program under the direction and supervision of Officer Shawn Pirog.

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