Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) / School Resource Officer (SRO)
The Drug Abuse Resistance Education and school resource officer's programs consist of 8 deputies who work in conjunction with the Caldwell County Schools. Each officer has received specialized training in juvenile law and legal issues in school settings. These deputies are in place to establish a liaison with school administration in a cooperative effort to prevent juvenile delinquency, maintain a safe and secure environment conducive to learning, prevent criminal activities and disturbances and promote positive attitudes regarding the role of Law Enforcement in society. Currently, the Sheriff's Office has SROs assigned to South Caldwell High School (2), West Caldwell High School (2), Gateway, Gamewell Middle School, Sawmills Elementary School, Baton Elementary School, Dudley Shoals Elementary School, Gamewell Elementary School, Collettsville School, Happy Valley School, Kings Creek School, and Oak Hill School. The Sheriff's Office D.A.R.E. Officers present the Drug Abuse Resistance Education curriculum at Baton Elementary, Collettsville School, Dudley Shoals Elementary, Gamewell Elementary, Happy Valley School, Horizons Elementary, Kings Creek School, Oak Hill School, and Sawmills Elementary. The D.A.R.E. Officers also perform community service presentations to promote making good choices, prevent drug abuse, and inform students and citizens of their rights and responsibilities as lawful citizens.